What Is Red Light Therapy?

The human body requires natural light to perform and thrive, just like it needs water and nutrients from food.

Red and near-infrared wavelengths of light are the ‘superfoods’ of natural light, providing our body with healing properties and health benefits.

Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that delivers concentrated red and near-infrared light to your cells. All you need is 10-15 minutes per day to optimize your body.

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How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

The health benefits of red light therapy are driven from three different mechanisms: increase mitochondrial function, improve blood circulation, and decrease oxidative stress.

Orion uses therapeutic-grade 5w LEDs to deliver red and near-infrared light to your cells. The light emitted is just like the wavelengths of light your body needs from natural sunlight, but without the heat, harmful UV rays, or need to rely on the weather.

Orion Red Light Therapy can reduce oxidative stress.
Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in our body. Free radicals are harmful molecules, which are naturally produced through metabolic activities, such as digestion and exercising. Antioxidants play a central role in offsetting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress. Uncontrolled levels of oxidative stress can lead to cell injury and accelerate the aging process of the body. Red light therapy reduces oxidative stress, prevents further damage to cells, and early death, by upregulating the production of antioxidant enzymes.

Orion red light therapy can increase mitochondria production for enhanced ATP.
Mitochondrial Function

Red light therapy boosts our energy production at a cellular level, specifically in the mitochondria—the 'powerhouse' of the cell. The natural red and near infrared light from red light therapy enhances the cellular respiration process that creates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy, often called "the energy currency of life". Our bodies are constantly creating ATP in order to fuel everything we do. The more ATP our cells can produce, the better our bodies heal, feel, and perform.

Orion Red Light Therapy can improve blood circulation in the body.
Blood Circulation

Blood circulation is one of the most vital functions in the body. It’s how essential nutrients and oxygen get delivered to the brain and throughout the body. Red light therapy improves 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. Greater circulation allows our cells to receive more oxygen and nutrients for benefits such as skin health, wound healing, and reduced muscle soreness.

Red vs Near-Infrared Light

The difference between red and near-infrared light (NIR) is the ability to penetrate through the skin.

Red light ranges from 620-750 nm and is absorbed by the surface layer of the skin. Red light is known for the benefit of increasing collagen production for skin health and appearance.

NIR light ranges from 750-1200 nm and has a greater reach to deeper tissues in the body. NIR is responsible for benefits such as reducing muscle soreness, joint pain, and inflammation.

What is Irradiance?

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.

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North Americans Spend 90% of Their Time Indoors

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.

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