Benefits of Infrared Therapy
Light therapy is gaining great popularity around the world for the numerous health benefits it offers. Of the various light therapies available, infrared light therapy is particularly healing and regenerative.
What is infrared light therapy?
Infrared light is light waves that fall in the 810 – 3000 nm wavelengths. Infrared light therapy involves directing a stream of infrared light towards the body in order to benefit from its many healing effects.
Unlike light waves, which are ionizing and pose UV radiation hazard, infrared light is non-radioactive and non-ionizing in nature. Studies conducted on the impact of infrared light exposure on the body show that it doesn’t harm the DNA and is completely safe for absolutely anyone to undergo.
At Rehab Body Lab, we administer infrared light therapy at our Nova Scotia facility. Our experts study your cosmetic needs and any medical conditions before scheduling the treatment. Contact us for more information.
11 ways infrared light therapy can really help you
1) Infrared light therapy helps manage symptoms of psoriasis & eczema
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes skin cells to develop at a very fast rate. This causes the skin to flake and form red, scaly patches. Eczema is a dermatological condition where the skin gets inflamed and develops rashes and flaking. These conditions may make you self-conscious and may affect your personal life.
Unfortunately, psoriasis and eczema cannot be cured. However, you can stop them from worsening by seeking timely treatment. With infrared light therapy, you can reduce the speed of progression of both eczema and psoriasis. This will ensure that your skin doesn’t flake too often and the scaly patches/rashes don’t get aggravated.
Infrared light, when directed towards the skin, will promote the release of essential proteins, peptides and growth factors, which stimulate cellular healing. As your skin heals, the visible scarring and discoloration due to psoriasis will start to reduce in appearance.
Infrared light therapy is, in particular, very helpful for people with minor-to-moderate psoriasis and eczema.
2) Infrared light therapy provides anti-aging results
Infrared light therapy has the ability to help you shave years off your face in just a handful of sessions. The therapy uses light and heat energy to stimulate the release of fibroblasts, which are specialized cells that are responsible for the production of essential proteins such as collagen and elastin. While collagen helps volumize the face by plumping-up sagging and hollow tissues, elastin increases the structural integrity of your skin, making it tighter and supple. Together, they help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines and minor-to-moderate folds.
Infrared light can also reduce the appearance of sun damage and pigmentation by facilitating the healing of dermal cells. Clinical tests have also shown that infrared light therapy can even out skin tone and make your skin smoother to touch.
Of course, these anti-aging benefits last longer if you frequently undergo the therapy. As the collagen and elastin build in your skin over the course of weeks, you’ll have a flawless, youthful-looking face that you’ll be proud of.
3) Infrared light therapy provides quick pain relief
Many people these days have jobs that force them to remain stooped in front of computers, craning their necks towards the screen. This poor posture results in severe back pain and neck pain. Other professions that involve extended periods of standing or involve strenuous physical activity can tire your muscles and lead to pain and weakness.
Infrared light therapy can be used to experience quick relief from pain. Infrared light produces heat when it enters your body. This heat energy relaxes the muscles, which have become so tight due to overwork and stimulates better blood circulation. As oxygen-rich blood moves through your body, the pain reduces, allowing you to experience relief from discomfort.
Infrared light therapy is exceptionally great for people with chronic back pain. A clinical study shows how people exposed to infrared light therapy experienced a 50% pain reduction in their back, compared to those who did not get infrared light therapy.
4) Infrared light therapy reduces hair fall and stimulates hair growth
Hair loss can be embarrassing for anyone. While over the counter formulations can help you, the effects are temporary. If you’re considering a hair transplant, think again. Not all transplants are successful, and they come with a host of problems even when they are. You need a treatment that can treat the problem of hair loss at its root. This is where infrared light therapy comes in.
Extensive and frequent hair fall occurs when your hair follicles aren’t healthy enough. Infrared light increases blood circulation to your scalp, which enriches your hair follicles with essential nutrients that can strengthen them. The light enables greater cellular activity in the mitochondria of hair follicles, hastening the process of hair growth. Regular sessions of infrared light therapy can reduce the rate of hair fall, increase your hair density, and improve hair texture too.
5) Infrared light therapy helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and enables weight loss
For some people, exercise and diets don’t yield the desired result. Even if you do lose weight, it may be very gradual, taking months or even years. One quick and safe way to gain the beautiful Greek body you’ve always wanted is to undergo infrared light therapy.
Infrared light therapy has the ability to destroy fat cells in the body. Once the light waves enter the skin, they heat up the fat cells, burning and destroying them in the process. As the fat melts, it is flushed out of your body through the lymphatic system. Over the course of a few weeks, your body will appear shapelier, and you’ll actually feel lighter and healthier.
This treatment is much safer compared to other riskier treatments such as weight loss surgery or fad diets, which can cause you much harm.
6) Infrared light therapy helps manage side-effects of diabetes
Over 3 million Canadians are diagnosed with diabetes today. That’s 1 in every 3 Canadian! Diabetes is a very dangerous disease, which, if not controlled, can become extremely severe, causing a wide range of debilitating side-effects.
Recent studies have shown that infrared light therapy can have a very healing effect on people with diabetes. Foot ulcers are very common in individuals with diabetes. A study showed that just one week’s exposure to infrared light shrunk existing ulcers considerably and reduced the formation of new ulcers.
Patients with Type II diabetes mellitus have been found to have lowered blood glucose levels after regular treatment with infrared light. Similarly, it has been noticed that diabetes patients are less fatigued, experience longer periods of physical well-being, and have a better quality of life, right after infrared light therapy.
7) Infrared light therapy can improve your cardiovascular health
Cases of cardiovascular conditions are on the rise in Canada. Over 600,000 Canadians are currently living with heart failure and every 1 in 12 Canadians have some form of serious heart disease.
Infrared light therapy can help you by improving your cardiovascular health, thereby enabling you to protect yourself from congestive heart failure.
The therapy does this by stimulating the production of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule, in your cells. This nitric oxide relaxes your blood vessels and enables them to dilate correctly, ensuring circulation is seamless. Nitric oxide also controls the pressure with which your blood flows, preventing any sudden rise or fall in your BP. Another benefit of nitric oxide is in the prevention of blood clots, which is essential to prevent blockage of circulation.
By doing all of this, infrared light therapy keeps your heart healthy. Researchers have recently started studying the role of infrared light on the HO-1 gene, which they believe prevents the obstruction of blood flow and facilitates cellular healing.
8) Infrared light therapy can reduce inflammation and swelling
Inflammation can occur due to multiple reasons. When tissues do swell, your body treats the inflammation by supplying nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to that region of the body. Since infrared light therapy is so effective in improving blood circulation to various parts of your body, it also has the ability to bring down any minor swelling or inflammation you have. This process is called photobiomodulation. In addition to this, infrared light therapy helps your body manage oxidative stress by removing free radicals from the blood.
Some studies on the impact of infrared light therapy on arthritis of minor-to-moderate severity show that it has the ability to help alleviate arthritic inflammation as well. This gives patients relief from pain and discomfort.
9) Infrared light therapy can facilitate quick wound healing and faster exercise recovery
Wounds can sometimes experience delayed healing. This may be due to the presence of bacteria, and other times, it may be because of the complex nature of the wound itself. Infrared light therapy can help in both of these circumstances. First, by killing pathogens in the wound site and second, by facilitating mitochondrial activity in the cell, which promotes the release of important keratin peptides and collagen protein. These are essential for the healing and strengthening of tissues.
Sometimes, micro injuries occur during exercise, which can also be effectively treated using infrared light therapy. The production of healing and growth factors, combined with improved circulation, can heal micro tears in muscles and reduce exercise-induced inflammation, fatigue and muscle soreness. Now you can get back to your workouts without taking too many breaks in-between.
10) Infrared light therapy can improve your mood
This is one of the newest discoveries and one of the most powerful benefits of infrared light therapy. Light therapy is being used to help people diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) manage their symptoms in comfort. A clinical study has revealed that test subjects who were administered infrared light therapy to acupuncture points on their bodies experienced an increase in serotonin levels.
Serotonin belongs to the group of chemicals called the “happy hormones”, because they stimulate neural reactions that make you feel happy. Regular infrared light therapy sessions can ensure your body produces the right quantity of serotonin, thereby improving your mood.
In addition to this, infrared photobiomodulation has been observed to reduce the size and severity of injuries to the brain. This, in turn, has been observed to reduce the severity of psychological side-effects of traumatic brain injury, such as PTSD, depression, Alzheimer’s, and more.
While further research is still ongoing, existing insights show how highly-effective infrared light therapy can be to our psychological health.
11) Infrared light therapy can help you manage your allergies
This may come as a bit of a surprise for you, but infrared light does have the ability to help people with allergies manage their symptoms. The science behind this is simple.
Histamines are compounds that play a vital role in your body’s response to allergies. They stimulate an itching reaction when an individual comes in contact with an allergen. This results in the constriction of various organs in the body, such as the lungs, causing congestion.
Infrared light hinders the release of histamines, which are responsible for the allergy symptoms that people experience - such as runny nose, watery eyes, tickle in the nose & throat, headaches, and more. Infrared light also reduces the inflammation that occurs as a result of an allergy attack by improving your blood circulation and thereby reducing irritation in the affected tissues. A clinical study shows that administration of far infrared light therapy to patients suffering from Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever), significantly reduced their allergy symptoms.
It’s important to remember that infrared light therapy doesn’t treat the allergy itself. But it reduces the intensity of allergy attacks, allowing you to have a better quality of life.
Choose Rehab Body Lab for Infrared Therapy
While some places use saunas or handheld devices to administer the infrared light therapy, at our Rehab Body Lab facility, we use elliptical bikes to provide the treatment.
That’s right. Our Nova Scotia facility administers infrared light therapy in a manner that you’re sure to find very creative and fun. If you don’t want to lie down in our wellness cocoon and prefer a more active experience, you can choose our infrared elliptical bike that is surrounded by infrared lights. You can get in a good workout while undergoing the therapy.
Contact us today for more information. You can also schedule a red light therapy for arthritis at our Kingswood Drive, Nova Scotia facility.
We serve clients from Halifax, Bedford, Fall River, Larry Uteck, Kingswood, Hammonds Plains, Timberlea, Tantallon, and Lower Sackville.
Book your complimentary first red light session by calling or texting 902-417-1397