You may have read about how beneficial LED Light Therapy is for your skin and wondered not only how it works but also what the other benefits to light therapy are. LED is an acronym for ‘Light Emitting Diodes’. Light Emitting Diodes emit therapeutic wavelengths (in this case at 630-700 nm) of light energy to trigger your body’s natural cell processes to accelerate rejuvenation within the entire body. The mental and physical benefits of LED Light Therapy have proven to be extensive over decades of research, helping those who suffer from skin conditions to those suffering from PTSD or TBI’s. Depending on your individual health needs or goals, LED light therapy is a great natural therapy option. Listed below are just some of the mental and physical benefits of LED Light Therapy.
LED Light Therapy helps to stimulate cellular activity, including the fibroblasts that produce collagen, which gives young skin a plump look. LED Light Therapy also helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, treat sun-damage and stretch marks, and reduce redness compared to more aggressive laser treatments. On the surface, LED Light Therapy can:
There are many benefits to LED Light Therapy, including the fact it’s 100% natural, has no adverse side effects, and it naturally jump-starts the process of tissue recovery and other forms of rejuvenation through increased blood flow, allowing the parts of the body to receive oxygen and nutrients they need in order to function more effectively. LED Light Therapy naturally triggers this reaction to all parts of your body, physically and even mentally. While decreasing symptoms of chronic pain or irritation, it also has the ability to increase the bodies natural serotonin by improving overall mood and focus.
Essentially, the longer the wavelength, the deeper the penetration to deliver energy to cells, stimulating healing and pain relief. Near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths fall into the invisible part of the light spectrum between 700 and 1200 nm, therefore able to heal joint pain, arthritis, and deep muscle pain. At this level, Light Therapy helps the mitochondria in muscular cells to complete their respiration cycle more efficiently, which allows muscles less likely to suffer from fatigue and reduces inflammation that damages cells and makes muscles sore. With this direct reaction from light therapy, studies have shown it to significantly decrease healing time for surface wounds. One study measured this significant decrease in the healing rate of a wound with the use of Light Therapy. Let us go even deeper into the benefits of LED Light Therapy.
Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are pains and struggles that cannot always be seen. The benefits of LED Light Therapy goes much farther than skin and physical strain. Moderate sunlight exposure helps improve your mood and focus by boosting the serotonin levels in your body, and with the regular use of Light Therapy, it can decrease the risk of depression and SAD, and overall support your mental health. With that being said, LED Light Therapy also drives your body to naturally produce melatonin, which has a wide range of effects on the brain, from improving sleep to synchronizing your biological clocks, and lowering stress reactivity. It’s important to note that LED Light Therapy emits a healthy spectrum of light, doesn’t contain UV (no sun tan), and doesn’t contain vitamin D. The great thing about LED Light Therapy for those suffering from a mental illness, as listed above, is that it is completely natural. Many veterans suffering from mental illness refuse help because they do not want to take mood-altering medications with adverse side effects. Light Therapy can help improve the above symptoms in the most natural form — explained further below.
Depression affects over 18 million US adults (that’s one in ten!) in any given year and is the leading cause of disability for ages 15-44. Just as light therapy decreases inflammation in muscles, it decreases inflammation in the brain allowing for connections between neurons, and this seems to make a person feel better. One study focused on major depressive disorder in 10 depressed subjects and the effects of light therapy. The treatment consisted of a single session of light therapy on two locations of the forehead at 810 nm wavelength at 4 minutes per location. Symptoms of depression decreased significantly at week 2 and 4 – then crept back up on week 4, suggesting that one single treatment, while sufficient enough to allow remission, may have been inadequate to maintain it.
Increasing blood flow to the brain and enabling the brain to receive adequate oxygen in traumatic brain injuries using LED Light Therapy has been shown to significantly increase healing time. A brain-imaging company, CereScan, and the help of Colorado Neurological Institute studied near-infrared light as a therapy for TBI. 12 military veterans who have all undergone a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury received 3 20 minute treatment sessions a week for 6 weeks (total of 6 hours), proving light therapy to be successful in TBI cases. The CereScan team also believe near infrared therapy could provide a potential breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
TBI in veterans has increased by 300% since 2005 and 1 out of every 100 Americans who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan will try to commit suicide this year – nearly 100 attempts each and every day. https://youtu.be/CpYLwEG3Cs0
Commonly, a powerful side effect of PTSD on the brain happens to be insufficient blood flow to the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex (responsible for working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, inhibition, and abstract reasoning) and with the introduction of light therapy, results are truly life-changing. This approach differs from other invasive therapies that use magnets or electric shocks and has the potential to allow more effective and longer-lasting treatments. Light therapy has a significant effect on sleep, which is arduous for a lot of people suffering from PTSD. Depression, TBI, PTSD, and lack of sleep creates a vicious cycle, and light therapy significantly helps to breaks that cycle.
Light therapy was an incredible discovery made by NASA to grow plants and heal surface wounds while in space, and because of that successful mission we now we have the ability to naturally and noninvasively heal our bodies with natural therapy modalities. Speak to your physician, ask questions, and always do your own research before starting any new healthcare journey. If you are ready to start your natural pain treatment therapy, contact Natural Pain Treatment and Wellness today!
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