Infrared light therapy takes advantage of the properties of light and the body’s reaction to it to zone in on specific cells in the human body. The concept behind infrared light therapy is how the body reacts to light. When our cells are hit by sunlight in particular, nitric oxide is released. This compound is essential in increasing the circulation of blood in the area, which in turn results in faster healing. This is due to the fact that blood carries with it oxygen and other elements that are necessary for regeneration.
One big issue with exposure to sunlight is the side effects. It is a well known fact that over exposure to sunlight can cause faster aging, burning, and in worst case scenarios, skin cancer. This is where infrared light therapy comes into the picture.
With the use of infrared light, the damaging effects of natural light are reduced to such negligible amounts. This is due to the fact that infrared light has a longer wavelength than sunlight.
Infrared light therapy is used for a variety of purposes, from acne treatment to ligament injury treatment. How is the therapy conducted?
The injured parts are usually covered with special material. These areas are then exposed to infrared light, which comes from light emitting diodes (LEDs). When the infrared is targeted at the injured area, the light can go as deep as 2 to 3 centimeters.
Other specific uses of infrared light therapy include muscle and joint pain or swelling, wrinkle treatment, cellulite treatment, and the removal of stretch marks.