Red Light Therapy for Inflammation & Chronic Pain

Inflammation is a normal biological response triggered by an injury or assault to the body. When an injury or infection is detected, the body supplies the inflamed area with more blood flow and oxygen so the injured cells can heal and regenerate. As the site heals, the inflammation recedes. 

There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic.  

Acute Inflammation occurs when the body is injured or there is an infection. Signs of acute inflammation include the well-known signs of swelling, redness, tenderness, and pain. 

Chronic inflammation is typically a low-grade internal inflammation that lasts for months, even years. While acute inflammation is essential to helping us heal, chronic inflammation can be much more problematic. 

Chronic inflammation can be caused by a number of factors and conditions such as obesity, eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates, chronic stress, and long-term exposure to toxic chemicals.  

Signs of chronic inflammation include issues like body pain, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, gut issues, weight gain, and getting sick frequently. Chronic inflammation can also cause many other conditions that can negatively impact your quality of life. 

Ongoing low-grade inflammation has been associated with a growing number of serious lifestyle diseases like: 

  • Type-2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Dementia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression

Red-light to the rescue!

Red-light therapy is a non-invasive, non-opioid, treatment for inflammation and has consistently been shown to reduce both acute and chronic inflammation. Whether you’re dealing with something irritating like an old injury that acts up every time it’s damp, or something life-altering like arthritis or frozen shoulder, red-light therapy can help! 

Red-light therapy reduces inflammation in two primary ways.

  • The light penetrates the body and dilates the blood vessels, which increases the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients.
  • The light penetrates the body and dilates the blood vessels, which increases the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients.

How long will it take to feel relief?

Relief from inflammation discomfort will be evident after the very first treatment and will increase with each subsequent treatment. 

In the cases of Acute Inflammation, 2-5 sessions of red-light therapy will be sufficient to aid the cellular healing, speed up healing time, and markedly reduce inflammation.

For long-standing Chronic Inflammation, the relief found in 1-5 sessions is usually temporary, with the inflammation and discomfort returning within 2-4 weeks. With consistent red-light therapy use of 3-5 times per week for 6-7 weeks (average), however, the body’s immune response can be altered for long-lasting relief.