Red Light Therapy

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.

RLT is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface. Laser and pulsed light therapies work by causing controlled damage to the outer layer of the skin, which then induces tissue repair.
 Red Light Therapy bypasses this harsh step by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin. The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface.

What Does Red Light Therapy Work On?

• Promotes wound healing and tissue repair 

• Improves hair growth in people with androgenic alopecia
• Help for the short-term treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome 

• Stimulates healing of slow-healing wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers 

• Reduces psoriasis lesions 

• Aids with short-term relief of pain and morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis 

• Reduces some of the side effects of cancer treatments, including oral mucositis 

• Improves skin complexion and builds collagen to diminish wrinkles 

• Helps to mend sun damage 

• Prevents recurring cold sores from herpes simplex virus infections 

• Improves the health of joints in people with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee 

• Helps diminish scars 

• Relieves pain and inflammation in people with pain in the Achilles tendons