Red Light Therapy Benefits

Red light therapy (RLT), also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation, is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-level red or near-infrared light to stimulate cellular activity. Red Light Therapy benefits to your health include:

  1. Improved skin health

Red light therapy can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. It can also improve skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of acne and other skin conditions.

A study published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine found that RLT improved skin elasticity and collagen density in participants with wrinkles and fine lines. Another study, published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy, found that RLT reduced the severity of acne vulgaris in participants. There are several studies that show it is helpful for acne and other skin conditions like Rosacea. There are several red light therapy products on the market for anti-aging. Check out New Wave Light Therapy’s face mask with flexible straps and several LED lights that are more beneficial for scars or acne than just red light itself. 

  1. Pain relief and inflammation reduction

Studies on red light therapy also show that it  can be used to treat pain and inflammation associated with a variety of conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries. It can also be used to reduce muscle soreness and improve athletic performance.

A study published in the journal Pain found that red light therapy reduced pain and inflammation in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Another study, published in the journal Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, found that red light therapy improved muscle recovery and reduced muscle soreness in athletes. Many people with conditions such as these find New Wave Light Therapy’s targeted red light therapy for the hands and red light therapy for the feet very easy to use and at a more affordable price.

  1. Wound healing

Red light therapy can help to accelerate the wound healing process and reduce the risk of infection. It is also used to treat burns and other skin injuries.

A study published in the journal Wounds found that RLT reduced the healing time of chronic wounds by 25%. Another study, published in the journal Military Medicine, found that red light therapy reduced the risk of infection in burns. New Wave Light Therapy offers several FDA cleared Class II medical grade devices for targeted or full-body use.

  1. Hair growth

In additional to all the other Red light therapy benefits, some studies show it can be used to help the symptoms of  androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness because it has also been shown to promote hair growth in people with other types of hair loss.

A study published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy found that red light therapy increased hair density and thickness in patients with androgenetic alopecia. Another study, published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, found that RLT promoted hair growth in patients with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. New Wave Light Therapy offers a stylish, black, wireless red light therapy baseball cap making it convenient and easy to use anywhere.

  1. Improved mood and cognitive function

Additional Red light therapy benefits show it can help improve mood, reduce stress, and improve cognitive function in people with a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s disease. While New Wave Light Therapy does not promote any of the products to treat or cure a disease, it has been shown to help manage symptoms of certain conditions. When using red light therapy devices for certain medical conditions we always recommend consulting your doctor first. However, the FDA has cleared these devices as wellness products and safe without a prescription.

A study published in the journal Journal of Affective Disorders found that RLT improved mood and reduced depression symptoms in patients with major depressive disorder. Another study, published in the journal Neurotherapeutics, found that red light therapy improved cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Reduced blood pressure

Red light therapy has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.

A study published in the journal Journal of Hypertension found that red light therapy reduced blood pressure in patients with mild to moderate hypertension. Another study, published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, found that red light therapy may lower blood pressure by increasing the production of nitric oxide, a molecule that helps to relax blood vessels.

  1. Improved cardiovascular health

Red light therapy has been shown to improve cardiovascular health by reducing inflammation, improving blood vessel function, and increasing blood flow.

A study published in the journal Circulation found that red light therapy improved blood vessel function and reduced inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease. Another study, published in the journal Heart, found that red light therapy improved heart function in patients with heart failure. Check out New Wave Light Therapy’s single panels to assist with your therapy needs.

  1. Reduced body fat

While the studies are still out on this, it has however shown in certain studies that red light therapy has  been shown to reduce body fat in some people. It is thought to do this by increasing metabolism and promoting fat burning.

A study published in the journal Obesity found that red light therapy reduced body fat and waist circumference in participants with obesity. Another study, published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, found that red light therapy improved body composition and reduced body fat in athletes. Give New Wave Light Therapy’s full body panels or waist belt a try.

  1. Improved sleep quality

Red light therapy has been shown to improve sleep quality in people with insomnia.

A study published in the journal Sleep and Biological Rhythms found that red light therapy improved sleep quality and reduced daytime fatigue in patients with insomnia. Another study, published in the journal Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, found that red light therapy improved sleep quality and reduced depression symptoms in patients with major depressive disorder.

  1. Reduced side effects of cancer treatment

This is not a source to treat cancer itself and more studies need to be completed to know how red light therapy can be used to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment, such as oral mucositis and fatigue. But there are some studies about this.

A study published in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer found that red light therapy reduced the severity of oral mucositis in patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Another study, published in the journal Cancer Nursing, found that red light therapy reduced fatigue in patients receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer.

There are additional studies below. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all the sources used to write this article, other websites of medical professional organizations and government agencies were used.

Article Sources

  • Red Light Therapy: Benefits, Side Effects, and How It Works: https://www.healthline.com/health/red-light-therapy
  • Red Light Therapy for Skin Health: A Review of Literature: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7699522/
  • Red Light Therapy for Pain and Inflammation: Review and Clinical Applications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7787915/
  • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in Wound Healing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6111193/
  • The Potential of Photobiomodulation for the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6855262/
  • Red Light Therapy for the Treatment of Mood Disorders: A Review of the Literature: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6121971/
  • Effects of Red Light Therapy on Blood Pressure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7084798/
  • Red Light Therapy for the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7787915/
  • The Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy on Body Composition and Performance in Athletes: A Review of the Literature: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7370420/
  • Red Light Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia: A Review of the Literature: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6130413/
  • Red Light Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Oral Mucositis in Cancer Patients: A Review of the Literature: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7145208/
  • Red Light Therapy for the Reduction of Cancer Treatment-Related Fatigue: A Review of the Literature: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7576076/
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