Red Light Therapy: The Complete Guide

Did you know that NASA was the first to use Red Light Therapy? Yes, you read that right! Even in space, they understand the importance of looking and feeling good. More on that later.

So, what exactly is Red Light Therapy? Well, it’s a non-invasive treatment that uses low-level red light wavelengths to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. This therapy penetrates the skin to rejuvenate cells, promote collagen production, and reduce inflammation.

Basically, it’s like giving your cells a boost of energy, making them work better and keeping you looking fabulous.

We’ve compiled an exhaustive guide to infrared & LED therapy in this article – grab some tea and relax while you read all about this revolutionary treatment.

History of red light therapy

The history of red light therapy can be traced back to NASA’s studies on the effects of light on space travelers. NASA first began experimenting with Red Light Therapy in the late 1980s to help astronauts combat the negative effects of being in space for extended periods.

They found that exposure to certain wavelengths of light had several beneficial effects on the body. One of the key findings was the ability of red light to penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate cellular repair and healing. 

Initially, red light therapy was mainly used in medical settings such as wound healing and treating skin conditions. However, its popularity has grown exponentially in recent years, and it is now widely used in beauty and wellness centers like Contour Spa.

Thanks to NASA’s pioneering research, red light therapy has become a non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment option for a range of health and beauty concerns.

Its history is a testament to the incredible potential of scientific research to benefit not only astronauts but also us terrestrials down here on Earth.

How does red light therapy work?

Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves exposing the skin to low levels of red or near-infrared light. It is also known as low-level laser therapy, infrared & LED therapy, or photobiomodulation. 

Red light therapy works by delivering specific wavelengths of infrared light to the skin and underlying tissues.

These wavelengths penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, stimulating cellular activity and promoting healing and rejuvenation. It’s like a warm massage for your skin.

Research suggests that red light therapy may have numerous beneficial effects on the body, including:

  • Improving skin health and reducing the appearance of wrinkles
  • Promoting wound healing and tissue repair
  • Relieving pain and inflammation
  • Enhancing muscle recovery and performance
  • Improving mental well-being

More on the benefits of red light therapy a few paragraphs down.

The treatment is generally painless, relaxing, and fun, making it suitable for a wide range of individuals from all backgrounds – including you!

Infrared Sauna

Types of red light therapy

Since NASA first experimented with red light therapy, there have been several discoveries suggesting different wavelengths each have unique characteristics and applications. 

Here are some different forms to use red light therapy: 

1. Light Beds/Panels: These large light-emitting devices are commonly found in spas or wellness centers. Users lie or stand in front of them, exposing their bodies to the red light. Light beds/panels are ideal for overall skin rejuvenation, collagen production, and improving circulation.

2. Handheld Devices: Compact and portable, handheld devices allow users to target specific areas for therapy. This type is popular for skincare, serving purposes like reducing wrinkles, acne, or hyperpigmentation. They are also used for pain relief in specific body parts, such as joints or muscles.

3. Full-Body Pods: Pods offer a more private and comprehensive experience, delivering benefits for both skin and systemic health. These pods/cabins are frequently used for athletic recovery, reducing fatigue, and improving sleep quality. They’re generally the best option for most wellness seekers. Experience our generation-defining ContourPod full-body pod today.

4. Facial Masks: Designed specifically for facial rejuvenation, these masks cover the entire face and emit red light. They are useful for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and promoting a youthful appearance. Facial masks are typically used during skincare routines.

5. Wearable Devices: Innovation has brought forth wearable red light therapy devices, such as patches, belts, or wristbands. These convenient options enable users to incorporate red light therapy into their daily routines, offering targeted relief or cosmetic enhancement.

As true pioneers in the field of wellness, Contour Spa proudly embraces the principles of cutting-edge technology and scientific innovation to offer our clients the highest standard of care. 

Benefits of red light therapy

Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic pain, improved skin health, or even just a mood booster, red light therapy has got you covered.

1. Reducing inflammation: Red light therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to the affected area. This can be beneficial for treating conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and fibromyalgia.

2. Skin and tissue healing: Red light therapy promotes tissue repair and accelerates wound healing. It can be used to treat cuts, burns, scars, and even post-surgical incisions. The red light stimulates collagen production, which helps to enhance the healing process.

3. Restoring youthful skin glow: Red light therapy has gained recognition as an effective anti-aging treatment. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, proteins that are essential for maintaining youthful and healthy skin. Regular use of red light therapy can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, resulting in a more radiant complexion.

4. Mental health boost: Red light therapy has shown promising results in improving symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. It helps balance serotonin levels, the hormone responsible for mood regulation, and promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being.

So whether you’re looking for a serious treatment for pain relief, a boost in skin health, or simply a pick-me-up for your mood, red light therapy offers a multitude of benefits that cater to all your needs. 

Risks of red light therapy

While the positive impacts seem endless with infrared and LED therapy, it is important to acknowledge that alongside the benefits, there are potential risks associated with the procedure.

First on the list is the risk of eye damage.

Red light therapy involves exposure to intense light wavelengths, which can potentially harm the eyes if proper eye protection is not utilized. At Contour Spa, this is always top of mind.

Furthermore, excessive or prolonged exposure to red light may lead to skin burns or irritation, especially for individuals with sensitive skin.

It’s important to practice moderation with red light therapy – we can help build a schedule that’s right for you.

It is always advisable to consult with a healthcare provider or an expert in red light therapy to ensure the safe use of red light therapy, especially if you have underlying medical conditions or are taking specific medications.

If you have questions about red light therapy, feel free to give us a call!

How often should I use red light therapy?

So you have made it this far into the article and now you are ready to go try red light therapy out for yourself? Great!

To gain maximum benefits, it is recommended to use red light therapy consistently a few times a week for 20-30 minutes. 

However, it is important to note that the duration of red light therapy may vary depending on individual response to treatment.

While 20-30 minutes is considered optimal for most individuals, some may find that they require shorter or longer sessions to achieve the desired results. This could be due to factors such as your light sensitivity, a specific condition, or personal preference.

When starting red light therapy, it’s best to begin with shorter durations, gradually increasing the time based on individual tolerance and response.

Monitoring how your body responds to the therapy can provide valuable insights into the best schedule for you!

What’s the Future of Red Light Therapy?

As researchers continue to explore the potential of red light therapy, it is clear that its future is bright – no pun intended. 

With ongoing research, the identification of new applications, and improved affordability, it is likely to become even more popular in the coming years.

We’ve already seen infrared therapy explode onto the scene and make waves across the world.

Its natural and non-invasive approach makes it an attractive option for individuals looking to improve their overall health and well-being.

With a commitment to excellence and a passion for wellness, Contour Spa invites you to embark on a journey of healing and renewal with red light therapy.

So, embrace the potential of red light therapy and let its benefits illuminate your path to better health.

Book a red light therapy session today!

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