4 Benefits of Red Light Therapy and a Sneak Peak at our... - IRM

Our red light therapy treatments are delivered via a device called the LightStim® LED bed. The bed houses 18,240 therapeutic, glowing LED lights, which utilize red (630 and 660 nm) and infrared light wavelengths (885 and 940 nm).

This is the first bed of its kind to be FDA-cleared for therapeutic use. The LightStim® LED bed can be combined with many of our other innovative therapies for aesthetics, anti-aging, healing and overall wellness.

The amount of time one spends on the bed is variable. A typical treatment is about twenty minutes to an hour. The main light source in the LightStim® bed is visible red light. This is a cool light and does not generate much heat.

 

The 4 Main Health Benefits of Red Light Therapy:


  1. Photoreceptor activation:  

Red light interacts with photoreceptors in the body like cytochrome c oxidase within the mitochondria to stimulate energy production and give an electrical charge to water. 

Red light absorption converts light energy into signals that can stimulate biological processes. Water is the number one red/infrared light chromophore in the human body absorbing a great deal of the light and using it to function as a biologic battery. The “battery” is charged by hydrogen ions.


  1. Hormesis (hormetic stress):

 

Hormetic stress is the ideal level of exposure to stressors. Underexposure to stress could leave your body unchallenged, while overexposure could lead to health problems. Hormetic stress is that “sweet spot” where stress could be beneficial. Red/IR light creates beneficial reactive oxygen species (ROS) on a transient basis. The hormesis effect stimulates the mitochondria to make adaptations to allow the cell to become stronger and more resistant to a broader range of stresses by activating the cells internal response system to boost antioxidant production. 

This not only boosts antioxidant production but allows the cell to have an increased ability to reduce toxic compounds. Ultimately, this activates mitochondrial biogenesis creating a greater number of mitochondria.

 

  1. Mitochondrial Signaling:

 

Red and infrared light therapy stimulates the mitochondria to communicate with the cell nucleus to upregulate gene expression. The genes then produce compound, which are involved in mitochondrial biogenesis, antioxidant defenses and detoxification.

  

  1. Photosensitizers:

 

We are aware that certain compounds have unique properties in that they can be activated by light therapy. Photosensitizers are substances that make your cells or tissues more sensitive to light

While low-dose methylene blue and low-level near-infrared light may produce different cellular effects, both interventions cause a similar up-regulation of mitochondrial respiration with similar benefits to protect nerve cells against degeneration. 

The bottom line is that the methylene blue used in conjunction with the red-light therapy can help increase ATP production. Curcumin is another photosensitizer compound.

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