The difference between red and near-infrared light is the ability to penetrate through the skin.
Red light uses a shorter wavelength that ranges from 620-750 nanometers (nm) and is readily absorbed by the surface layer of the skin. Red light is known to increase collagen, energy production, and improve sleep, among many other health benefits.
Near-infrared light uses a longer wavelength that ranges from 750-1200 nm and has the ability to reach into deeper tissues of the body for other health benefits. To name a few, near-infrared light is responsible for benefits such as improving muscle recovery, joint pain, inflammation, mental acuity, and thyroid function.
Orion uses the most effective and clinically proven wavelengths of Red, at 660 nm, and Near-Infrared, at 850 nm, light for full-body health benefits.
Uncontrolled levels of oxidative stress can lead to cell injury and accelerate the aging process of the body. Red light therapy reduces oxidative stress by upregulating the production of antioxidant enzymes to maintain homeostasis in our cells.
Red light therapy boosts energy production at a cellular level through the mitochondria, which creates adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The more ATP our cells can produce, the better our bodies heal, feel, and perform.
Red light therapy enhances blood flow by stimulating the production of Nitric Oxide (NO) in our cells. One of the main functions of NO is to relax the walls of blood vessels, allowing for increased blood flow through arteries and veins.
Irradiance is the measurement (milliwatts per centimeter squared or mW/cm²) of how much light energy a surface receives from a light source. The more powerful the light source, or closer in proximity the light is, the higher the irradiance.
Natural sunlight is essential for human health and longevity, but most people don’t get nearly as much light as the body requires.
Surveys repeatedly show that the average North American spends over 90% of their time indoors. This is why a simple intervention like red light therapy can make such a profound difference in someone’s health by producing a vast range of full-body benefits.
Who Can Benefit from Red Light Therapy?
Anyone can benefit from red light therapy because all human beings require natural light for optimal health.
Red light therapy is notably used at the highest professional levels: by professional athletes for faster recovery, by healthcare practitioners for chronic pain management and by dermatologists and estheticians for collagen production.