What is Infrared light treatment?
Infrared Light treatment is unique in that that harnesses the healing powers of invisible light. Infrared wavelengths of light energy boosts the production of nitric oxide which increases blood circulation to the injury site, or area of chronic pain. This aids rapid relief of both pain and improvement in sensation. It also helps in the regeneration of damaged tissues. Infrared light therapy has been widely adopted as an essential tool by sports physicians, physiotherapists and sports professionals. It is now recognized as being an indispensable tool to assist and accelerate injury healing time.
If you are a weekend athlete or a serious competitor pushing your body to the limit, infrared and red therapy will help you to quickly manage and treat your occasional injuries.
How does it work?
Infrared light wavelengths are just above the visible spectrum. The frequency is made up of waves that are shorter and faster than visible light waves. They carry much more energy than those contained in visible light. Infrared energy has been found to have healing effects within the biological processes that take place in the body.
Red and Infrared Light Therapy are used to enhance and promote the body’s natural healing powers. The device and light source will normally be placed very close to or on the skin. The low energy pulses can then be adjusted to penetrate the skin tissue to the desired layer of treatment. The absorbed light energy is converted into biochemical energy in the form of nitric oxide which stimulates and accelerates the bodies natural healing processes. Naturally produced by the body, nitric oxide is a short-lived gas that widens and relaxes the blood vessels. In particular in the large veins and arteries. After just a short treatment time blood flow is increased to nerves and other tissues. This boost in local circulation is one of the reasons for the pain relief and injury regeneration.
Near-infrared light (NIL) and Red Light to date has had over 1000 laboratory studies published. It is already proven in over 100 successful randomised double blind controlled clinical trials. These trials include osteoarthritis and sports injuries, as well as shoulder, back and neck pain as well as leg injuries.
We have looked at then written full reviews on what we consider the best light therapy devices aimed at pain management and arthritis treatment in particular.
From our research the LightStim for Pain stands out as the best all round combination device for arthritis treatment . It offers a range of scientifically tested therapeutic red and infrared wavelengths, It is the only device that offers two different red light wavelengths, and two infrared. This gives the user a wider light treatment envelope to insure a better outcome.
The DPL Flex offers single red and infrared wave lengths, but it allows hand free treatment if you find that important. It is a strap on device, whereas the Lightstim is a hand held corded device. It’s all a matter of how you think they would fit into your lifestyle.
We hope you find our reviews helpful.
- The LIGHTSTIM is a mixture of 2 x infrared wavelengths and 2 x red light wavelengths.
- The DPL FLEX SYSTEM is a mixture of infrared and red light.
- The BEURER is a pure infrared device.
- The LIGHT RELIEF is a mixture of infrared and red light.
- The TENDLITE is a pure red device.
Common sports injury applications.
Really any condition characterized by pain and inflammation can be treated by infrared. It is widely prescribed for:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles heel
- Muscle tears
- Ligament damage
Relief from even chronic conditions is often seen after just one session of infrared or red light therapy.