Overall, red light therapy (RLT) is a more recent type of treatment. Its purpose is to treat ailments using low wavelength red light. Some laud the process for its success while others aren’t so sure. Here, we will delve into the details of RLT.
How Does Red Light Therapy Work?
Red Light Therapy is aimed at resolving a realm of ailments like skin issues or pain. In practice, your skin is exposed to red light via a lamp or laser. It is not painful since it doesn’t hurt or burn the skin in any way.
Also known as “low-level laser light therapy,” the red light is able to deeply penetrate the skin. Because of this, it boosts and rejuvenates the skin cells.
In a recent article by Glamour magazine, Dr. Rhonda Klein, a board-certified dermatologist weighed in on the subject. She stated, “RLT also boosts circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your cells and tissues.”
Is RLT Effective?
The jury still seems to be out on the effectiveness of RLT. We do know that it is not a miracle cure, but it does appear to improve some conditions.
Since research into this process is in its early stages, note that the majority of testing has only been completed on animals. Thus, keep in mind that significant additional research is needed in all areas of RLT.
Several research studies concluded that red light therapy is able to improve skin health via a variety of methods. Those include:
- Increased collagen production
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- Increased circulation between blood and tissue cells
- Improvements in skin complexion and feeling
Dementia is an area of research that demands attention. It’s completely heartbreaking and affects so many. Red light therapy has shown effectiveness in helping those suffering from dementia to have better memories and improve sleep.
Alopecia, an extreme disorder that causes hair loss, patients that tried RLT grew thicker hair. Both men and women were included in this study.
Osteoarthritis and Tendonitis
Those suffering from pain due to osteoarthritis and tendonitis noticed their pain decrease and inflammation lessen as a result of RLT.
Possible Side Effects
As always, no treatment is without its possible side effects. This is particularly true for those that are in the early stages of research.
Luckily, the light itself is not harmful. In this case, it’s the practitioner that can cause the damage. If not performed correctly, RLT can actually cause tissue or cell damage. As always, consult with your doctor before you try this type of treatment whether at home or by a professional.
Where to Get RLT
RLT does not have to be performed by a medical doctor. Although you may find dermatologists that offer the treatment, you may also find estheticians that offer it, as well.
Additionally, some places like gyms, spas or tanning salons now have RLT rooms available for you to use at your leisure.
To sum it all up, red light therapy can be beneficial. Is it a cure-all? No. But it does offer a treatment option with very low risks involved. Although it may not hurt to give it a try, more research is necessary to draw any solid conclusions.