Red Light Therapy. What is it? How does it work?
Cedar House Spa is now offering Red Light Therapy.
What is red light therapy?
Red light therapy uses photobiomodulation, which is a low-level laser therapy that delivers red and near-infrared light to areas of your body. In doing this, it helps regenerate (or grow back) cells, restore cell function and trigger blood flow. In turn, this helps to heal and relieve pain.
Photobiomodulation was discovered about half a century ago. Now, it's used to treat all kinds of ailments, sometimes multiple at the same time. It relaxes muscles, which relieves muscle spasms, pain and stiffness. It has a similar effect on joints, including relieving aches, pains and stiffness.
One of the primary benefits of red light therapy is to treat chronic (ongoing) inflammation, which eases pain in joints and muscles.
Benefits of red light therapy
Its major benefits include improving joint mobility and easing muscle pain. More specifically, red light therapy helps with:
Muscle pain, including healing muscle injuries and reducing soreness after exercise
Tendon pain, such as from Achilles tendonitis
Some people also experience additional advantages, including improved sleep, less stress, reduced anxiety and relief from depression.
With whole-body red light therapy, your entire body reaps the benefits of this treatment. This means if you have multiple conditions, such as arthritis and muscle pain, you can treat them at the same time. However, you can also use this therapy to treat targeted areas of your body.
What happens during red light therapy?
Each session takes about 15-30 minutes depending on which service you are receiving. The process is painless, but the lights are bright. To protect your eyes, you'll wear special goggles during treatment.
You might experience pain relief in just one treatment, or it may take a couple of sessions. This depends on how significant your injuries are.
Are there side effects of red light therapy?
Red light therapy is considered a safe treatment when administered by a trained medical professional. By determining the appropriate dosage for your needs, they can ensure your condition is treated without any negative side effects.
However, if you have certain conditions, such as skin sensitivity or if you are pregnant, your provider may recommend avoiding red light therapy.
What Treatments are available at Cedar House for Red Light Therapy?
Red LIght therapy is incorporated in our 30 min Zero Gravity Massage Chair. We also use it in Hydrafacials and our anti-aging facials.