Light Therapy and Chronic Pain
Few people care about chronic pain, but it’s a serious problem, with about 20% of the population in the US alone suffering from some type of chronic pain.
This shows how many people around the world are suffering from the great pain and discomfort of chronic pain. If you’re also experiencing some kind of pain or inflammation, try to learn about ways you can relieve it.
Type of pain
Chronic Pain – Pain that lasts longer than 6 months and has lasting negative effects on the body. The effects of chronic pain can include lack of energy, muscle tension, headaches, and arthritis.
Acute Pain – This is short-term pain with a known source, eg, fractures, burns, wounds, etc., that heal slowly over time.
Neuropathic pain – is the result of damage to the nervous system, which may be the result of infection, inflammation, various diseases or syndromes.
Fortunately, red light therapy is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological solution for all these types of pain you may experience.
What is phototherapy?
As mentioned before, red light therapy is a non-invasive and non-medicated method to help the body heal. By directing red and infrared light to the affected area, it promotes cell rejuvenation and naturally speeds up the recovery process. Simply put, the light emitted by the device affects the cellular respiration process, resulting in faster wound healing and less inflammation/pain.
How does red light therapy treat pain?
Low levels of light emitted from the device onto the skin stimulate cellular recovery, reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, discomfort, and improve blood flow throughout the body.
Overall, it increases the efficiency of the recovery process by giving the body the light energy it needs. Whether it’s a sports injury, joint pain, fracture, soreness or arthritis, the wavelengths of light have been shown to have a positive effect on the healing process.