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INFRARED LIGHT THERAPY
Red and near infrared light therapy is an every-day term for the science of photobiomodulation. It uses invisible, near infrared wavelengths between 700 and 1200nm to deliver energy to all the cells in your body, stimulating healing and relieving pain. Red and Near Infrared light therapy has been proven effective by hundreds of studies all over the globe, is 100% natural and has no known adverse side effects.
RED LIGHT THERAPY
Red light therapy involves having low-power red light wavelengths emitted directly through the skin, although this process cannot be felt and isn’t painful because it doesn’t produce any heat. Red light therapy can be absorbed into the skin to a depth of about eight to 10 millimetres, at which point it has positive effects on cellular energy, tissue recovery, increased blood flow and multiple nervous system and metabolic processes.
Red light therapy has shown promise for treating symptoms of joint pain or osteoarthritis due to aging, those caused by cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation, hair loss, wounds or incisions, acne, wrinkles and skin discoloration, chronic muscular pain, neurological damage, and tissue damage (often at the root of tears, sprains or pulls).
*A small, single red infrared bulb
Some of the ways that red light wavelengths work are:
- Increasing energy levels by promoting release of ATP from cells’ mitochondria. ATP, or raw cellular energy, provides energy to the damaged and surrounding cells to heal themselves.
- Stimulating DNA/RNA synthesis
- Activating the lymphatic system, an important part of our immune system that helps carry waste out of the body. This helps to ensure efficient clean up and detoxification of the wounded area without overtaxing the lymph system. Helps in prevention of lymphedema.
- Increasing blood flow/circulation, thereby helping bring more oxygen and nutrients to our cells and tissues. Increased circulation and the formation of new capillaries (small blood vessels) means the wounded area receives more of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to initiate and maintain the healing process.
- Improving natural production of collagen and fibroblasts, important for things like skin, joint and digestive health. Fibroblasts synthesises collagen, elastin, and proteoglycans in the final healing phases. Collagen is the key protein involved in wound closure.
- Repairing and restoring damaged soft connective tissue. Red light therapy stimulates tissue granulation, the forming of new connective tissue and tiny blood vessels that form on the surfaces of a wound during the healing process.
- Stimulating or decreasing inflammation, which helps control our natural healing capabilities
- Lowering the effects of oxidative stress/free radical damage, which is associated with many effects of aging. Red light therapy increases phagocytosis, or the clean up of dead or damaged cells, including dead bacteria, helping in infection control.
- Uses: bed sores, burns, diabetic ulcers, dermal ulcers, oral lesions, surgical wounds, every day cuts and scrapes, pressure ulcers, oral mucositis, cold sores, nerve regeneration, acne, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, rosacia, stretch marks and much more!
NEAR INFRARED LIGHT THERAPY
Near infrared light therapy is essentially the same as red light therapy, except near infrared energy is invisible, and it penetrates the body deeper than red, reaching deep into soft tissues, muscles, joints, and bone. Near infrared light therapy is where light therapy gets serious!
The power of the near infrared light has already been well-researched for the relief of chronic pain and other health conditions. As with red light therapy, near infrared light therapy does not mask the symptoms of pain, it encourages the healing of the actual cause of the pain and so, in many cases, after a course of treatment with red or near infrared light, the pain is gone for good! Effective wavelengths of near infrared light therapy include 700 nm to 1400 nm. The whole range of wavelengths have the same healing and therapeutic effect, the big difference is this: the longer the wavelength, the deeper it penetrates into the body.
Red light in the mid-600nm range, and near infrared light in the mid-800nm range have been proven to work for various medical conditions time and again. So, for example, for applications effecting the surface of the skin, red light therapy (620nm-700nm) would be adequate. For the healing of deep *JOOVV MINI Near Infrared Light wounds or the relief of deep muscle and joint pain, the longer wavelengths of near infrared are more beneficial. 850nm and 980nm are common.
Near infrared light therapy works exactly the same way red light therapy works. Visible red and invisible near infrared energy are absorbed by photo-receptors in each cell. Once absorbed, the light energy kicks off a whole series of metabolic events, stimulating the body’s natural processes on a cellular level. There is an increase in blood flow, allowing the parts of the body to receive the oxygen and nutrients they need in order to function more effectively. Regeneration is stimulated. Inflammation and pain are reduced.
Why Use Near Infrared?
Quite simply, near infrared offers the most health benefits for the least cost. The main body of research on near infrared light therapy was done by NASA. NASA research into near infrared has showed that this specific band of energy penetrates deeply into the body and has a very specific effect on the cells due to our bodies natural response to specific near infrared wavelengths. Inside the mitochondria of every cell are receptors that respond to these near infrared wavelengths. The light triggers an increase in cell metabolism, protein synthesis (including collagen), and anti-oxidant activity. It reduces inflammation and pain. Overall, the light triggers growth and regeneration of the cells.
A Near infrared light offers unique healing benefits from the far infrared saunas or other far infrared products on the market. In addition, it is an inexpensive, readily available technology. Only Near Infrared lights, like the JOOVV light (See our online shop for more details and how to order) offers NASA proven deep tissue penetration and cellular regeneration.
If your pain is caused by a wound or injury, such as surgery, a sprain, tear or break, first, apply all the benefits of red light therapy listed above, then add the following benefits:
1. Red and Near Infrared light therapy reduces inflammation.
2. Red and Near Infrared light therapy blocks or desensitises the nerves to pain.
3. If your injury or pain is superficial, red light alone will work fine.
If your injury or illness goes deep, you will need to use the combination of red and near infrared light or near infrared alone for the treatment of conditions like these:
- Chronic back pain
- Low back pain
- Immune deficiency disorders or diseases such as Lyme Disease, Epstein Barr Virus or Auto-immune disease
- Knee injuries
- Post surgical recovery
- Neck strain and pain
- Foot pain (plantar fascistis)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains, tears or bone breaks
- Chronic headaches
- Hormone imbalances
- Chronic fatigue
- Neuropathic pain
- Sleep disturbances
Our bodies have intracellular components inside the mitochondria of every cell called chromophores. Chromophores absorb red and near infrared wavelengths and are located at the end stage of the chain of reactions in the mitochondria that synthesise the energy molecule: ATP. The effect of near infrared on the mitochondria is a net increase in cellular energy production that can then be used to repair and rejuvenate at the cellular level. Studies have shown increases in muscle protein synthesis, collagen and skin protein synthesis, angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels), and other beneficial rejuvenative effects. Watch this short video that discusses NASA's clinical trials showing the benefits of infrared light therapy on cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
Far infrared does not have the same cellular effect in the mitochondria. Subsequent research by NASA has shown certain wavelengths in the near infrared range can penetrate more than 5 inches into the body. Wavelengths between 630-800nm can travel 23 cm through the surface tissue and muscle. The light is absorbed by mitochondria where it stimulates energy metabolism in muscle and bone, as well as skin and subcutaneous tissue. Once the light enters the body, it naturally disperses and delivers healing energy to the entire body. Near infrared is an amazingly simple and effective healing tool that is available now to you.
Further health benefits of Near Infrared light therapy:
BOOSTS METABOLISM – The mitochondria (power plants of the cells) produce more ATP (energy currency of the cells) when NIR (near infrared rays) is introduced.
REDUCES BODY FAT – It has been well documented that red light at certain wavelengths stimulates mitochondrial and ATP production. This happens as part of the cellular respiration process in which cells break down and convert stored energy (fat cells) - releasing waste products as part of this process.
INCREASED ENERGY – Near infrared activates the colour sensitive chemicals (chromophores & cytochrome systems) to depths of 23 centimetres (or about 10 inches), stimulating the energy processes in cells.
IMPROVED CIRCULATION TO THE MUSCLES – Near infrared causes the release of nitric oxide. This stimulates vasodilation of the micro-circulatory system, bringing more blood to the muscles.
BETTER ENDURANCE – Muscle fatigue is reduced by up to 42.2% when exposing muscle to Near Infrared.
INCREASED STRENGTH – Growth hormone release is induced by an increase in body temperature and not by exercise itself. Growth hormone increases muscle mass, calcium retention, and lipolysis (the breakdown of stored fat).
FASTER RECOVERY TIME – Certain tissue regenerating genes including integrins, laminin, gap junction proteins and kinesin proteins have shown a two- to five-fold increase upon exposure to Near infrared.
WORKOUT IN LESS TIME – Due to increased production of ATP and quick dilation of the micro-circulatory system, a person can lessen warm-up time and work at a higher level of exertion without increasing blood pressure.
DETOXIFY THE BODY - Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Sweat is the only way to remove certain carcinogenic PCBs, dioxins, phythalates, and volatile organic hydrocarbons.
REDUCED VISIBLE CELLULITE - Cellulite is fat mixed with toxins that are trapped, in part due to an under-active circulatory system. Cellulite is so visible, in part due to weakened connective tissue. Near infrared helps rebuild connective tissue and has been shown to reduce cellulite.
REJUVENATES SKIN - DNA Synthesis of fibroblasts, which affects the elasticity of skin, increase five-fold with Near infrared. The result is younger-looking, more beautiful skin.
LESSENS JOINT AND MUSCLE PAIN & INCREASES FLEXIBILITY - Penetrating heat from Near infrared has long been proven to reduce pain and increase circulation to areas of discomfort. Near infrared has also been shown to significantly increase the range of flexibility.
INCREASES TESTOSTERONE! - Here's one for the men! Red and near infrared light wavelengths encourage the production of ATP in the Leydig cells that produce testosterone, enhancing their energy production and helping increase amounts of the hormone.
ENHANCES THE HEALTH OF THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM - specifically the thyroid gland: Various clinical studies over the last 10-15 years have supported the theory that light therapy can be used to safely improve the overall health of the thyroid gland - showing promise as an effective and safe alternative to traditional thyroid treatments, which include medication and surgery.
Overall, Red and Near infrared light therapy provides more healing potential than far infrared light technology. Near infrared light therapy provides deeper penetration, a direct cellular response in the heart of every cell in your body. While Far infrared is good, Near infrared gives you the most healing benefits.
INTRODUCING THE JOOVV LIGHT THERAPY EXPERIENCE!
Most Red Light and Near Infrared Light therapy devices on the market today charge an unholy amount of money for a relatively under-powered device and they only treat a very small part of your body at a time (As seen in the image of the single bulb above). The clinical grade output of most single red light bulbs or other devices is also insufficient to truly achieve the full range of systemic benefits listed above.
JOOVV delivers the highest quality product, the highest output/power, the largest range (red, near and combo choices plus two different sizes to choose from: MINI, and ORIGINAL) at the most affordable price. No other light therapy home device on the market can deliver on ALL of these first class qualities and we are very proud to be affiliated with such a fantastic brand with a testimonial page the size of a skipping rope! JOOVV delivers a large variety of sizes and light combinations to suit every individual health's needs!