Infrared light therapy is also called photobiomodulation. It is a non-invasive treatment that employs infrared light to promote healing and reduce chronic inflammation. Infrared light is a type of energy that is invisible to the human eye, but it can penetrate deep into the body to provide therapeutic benefits.
Anodyne® Therapy’s first infrared light therapy device was approved for use by the FDA in 1994. In the years since, more than two dozen studies have demonstrated the efficacy of Anodyne® Therapy infrared light treatments in addressing various conditions, including pain, inflammation, and skin conditions.
This article explores how infrared light therapy helps chronic inflammation and why it has become a popular alternative or adjunct to traditional treatments.
What is Chronic Inflammation?
Chronic inflammation is a persistent state of inflammation that can last for months or even years. Unlike acute inflammation, which is a normal response to injury or infection, chronic inflammation can cause long-term damage to the body. Chronic inflammation is a contributing factor in many long-term diseases.
How Does Infrared Light Therapy Work?
Infrared light therapy works by penetrating deep into the body and stimulating the production of ATP, which is essential for cellular energy. The increased production of ATP leads to an improvement in cellular function, which can reduce inflammation and promote healing. The therapy also stimulates the production of nitric oxide, which helps improve blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area. This improved blood flow helps to deliver essential nutrients and oxygen to the affected area, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.
Benefits of Infrared Light Therapy for Chronic Inflammation
Infrared light therapy effectively reduces chronic inflammation and promotes healing in several ways. Four benefits of infrared light therapy include the following:
- Reducing pain and swelling
- Improving mobility and flexibility
- Improving circulation
- Reducing inflammation
How to Use Infrared Light Therapy to Treat Chronic Inflammation
Infrared light therapy is typically performed in a doctor’s office or medical spa. The treatment involves exposing the affected area to infrared light for a specified amount of time. The therapy is painless and non-invasive, and no recovery time is required. Some people may experience a slight warming sensation during the treatment, but this is normal and should not cause discomfort.
Is Infrared Light Therapy Right for You?
Infrared light therapy is safe for most people and can be an effective alternative to traditional treatments for chronic inflammation. However, it is always best to speak with your doctor before beginning any new therapy to ensure it is safe and appropriate.
Infrared light therapy is a safe, non-invasive, and effective alternative to traditional treatments for chronic inflammation. Patient testimonies affirm the efficacy of this type of treatment in reducing pain and swelling and improving mobility and flexibility. The therapy is performed in a doctor’s office or medical spa and requires no recovery time. If you are suffering from chronic inflammation, consider talking to your doctor about Anodyne® Therapy infrared light treatments to see if they are right for you.