Updated: Apr 27
The sun provides the world with light, heat, and energy for people and other living things to survive and grow. Humans absorb the sun's rays through the skin and eyes and use the energy for many metabolic processes. This is evident from the wide range of conditions, such as depression, fatigue, depressed immune function, and sleep disorders, that occur during sunlight deprivation.
Infrared therapy has been used in a wide range of applications for many years. It is one of several innovative therapies used to help patients suffering from pain and/or injury. Infrared therapy utilizes numerous light wavelengths between 780 nanometers to 1000 μm, which are directed at injured or inflamed sites in the body.
Infrared light can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, reaching the tissues of the body. Photo-biostimulation is the process where living tissue shows biochemical responses when exposed to light energy through respiratory chain component absorption.
The good thing about infrared light is that it doesn't damage the skin like ultraviolet light. In fact, infrared light improves blood circulation and promotes cell regeneration. Infrared light is the heat people feel when exposed to the sun and the body has the natural ability to radiate it as well.
For years, infrared therapy has been used for its soothing effects in painless treatment. Many studies have shown that this type of therapy increases the breathless healing process. Some studies have revealed that infrared can help improve circulation to various parts of the body such as the skin and tissues. Also, it can help regulate sleep, protect you from oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and ease the pain. For years, infrared therapy has been used for its soothing effects in breathless treatment. Many studies have shown that this type of therapy increases the breathless healing process. Some studies have revealed that infrared can help improve circulation to various parts of the body such as the skin and tissues. Also, it can help regulate sleep, protect against oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and ease the pain.
Health Benefits of Infrared Light
Infrared light has been linked to many benefits. These include:
• Promoting wound healing and tissue repair
• Stimulation healing of ulcers and slow-heals wounds
• Improving hair growth
• Controlling psoriasis
• Relieving pain
• Improving the appearance of the skin
• Reducing the side effects of cancer treatments such as oral mucositis
Aside from these, infrared therapy helps reduce sun damage, improve joint health, reduce scarring, prevent chronic and recurring cold sores, and relieve inflammation.
Infrared therapy is widely used in sports medicine to treat injuries incurred by athletes, including a wide range of chronic and acute musculoskeletal injuries.
Dentists use infrared light to treat many types of wounds and ulcerations in the oral cavity. Furthermore, rheumatologists have used infrared light therapy to reduce pain and inflammation, inch loss, body contouring and
particularly when autoimmune diseases are involved. Dermatologists also use light therapy to manage patients with burns, skin lesions, edema, ulcers, and dermatitis.