Infrared light therapy and Photobiomodulation (PBM) are forms of non-invasive treatments that use light energy to improve cellular function and promote healing. They have been used for a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, depression, and skin conditions. Originally developed by NASA to help treat wounds of astronauts in space, redlight therapy has now found its way into many therapeutic uses worldwide.
Infrared light therapy, also called photobiomodulation (PBM), involves the use of red light, infrared, and near-infrared light, which is a type of nonharmful electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than visible light. This type of therapy delivers infrared energy to the body’s tissues, cells, and mitochondria, which can penetrate up to several inches beneath the skin’s surface. This energy stimulates the increase in ATP production and aids in cellular repair. It can also increase blood flow and oxygenation, helping to promote healing and reduce pain and inflammation.
Both infrared light therapy and PBM can be delivered using a variety of devices, including handheld devices, pads, or even full-body treatment chambers like the redlight bed located in Recovery Cryo. Treatment times and frequency may vary depending on the condition being treated and the device used. In general, treatment is considered safe and well-tolerated, with few, if any, side effects.
Research into the effectiveness of infrared light therapy and PBM is ongoing, and some studies have shown promising results for a variety of conditions. For example, PBM has been shown to be effective in treating chronic pain, reducing inflammation, and improving muscle recovery after exercise. Infrared light therapy has been shown to improve skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and increasing collagen production. It has also shown it may help to improve cognitive function in some people.
Overall, infrared light therapy and PBM are promising treatments that have shown potential for improving cellular function and promoting healing in a variety of conditions. If you are interested or considering these treatments, come by Recovery Cryo and check it out.