Red & Infrared Light Therapy for Wound Care & Pain Relief
The science behind red and infrared light therapy for wound care and pain relief is the same. Also, many times our physical pain has been caused by a wound or an injury of some type. For those reasons, both wound care and pain relief applications are covered on this page.
Note: When it comes to wound care and pain relief, red and near infrared light therapy is called LLLT, which stands for low level laser therapy, or low level light therapy. All the research and most light therapy products for wound care and pain relief will be found by searching for LLLT and your general or specific condition.
Wound Care & Injuries
When you hear the word “wound”, it might bring to mind a surgical wound, or a non-healing wound like a bedsore or a diabetic ulcer. The fact is, we get little wounds every day. Think of the small cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites, or burns you might encounter on any given summer day. With bacteria becoming more and more antibiotic resistant, the faster you can close an open wound the less chance you have of a potentially life threatening infection. Red and infrared light therapy has been shown to close a wound, even non-healing wounds, 200% faster and with less scarring. How? Red light therapy…
1. Increases circulation and the formation of new capillaries. Increased circulation and the formation of new capillaries means the wounded area receives more of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to initiate and maintain the marvelous healing process.
2. Increases phagocytosis, or the clean up of dead or damaged cells, including dead bacteria, helping in infection control.
3. Increases lymph system activity. This helps to ensure efficient clean up and detoxification of the wounded area without overtaxing the lymph system. Helps in prevention of lymphedema.
4. Stimulates the production of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts synthesizes collagen, elastin, and proteoglycans in the final healing phases.
5. Stimulates the production of collagen, the key protein involved in wound closure.
6. 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.
7. Causes the release of ATP, or raw cellular energy. This provides energy to the damaged and surrounding cells to do what they were designed to do – heal themselves.
Wound Care & Healing Uses For Red and Infrared Light Therapy:
- bed sores
- diabetic ulcers
- dermal ulcers
- oral lesions
- surgical wounds
- every day cuts and scrapes
- pressure ulcers
- oral mucositis
- cold sores
- nerve regeneration
- stretch marks
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 Infrared light therapy reduces inflammation.
2. Red and Infrared light therapy blocks or desensitizes the nerves to pain.
Some websites may say that only “specific” wavelengths of light do this, such as 980 nm, but the fact is, the whole visible range of red light through near infrared energy (700nm – 1100 nm) all have the same benefits. The only difference? The longer the wavelength, the deeper it penetrates the body. If your injury or pain is superficial, red light alone will work fine. If your injury or pain goes deep, you want to use the combination of red and infrared light or infrared alone for the treatment of conditions like these:
Pain Relief Applications for Red & Infrared Light Therapy
- back pain
- low back pain
- knee pain
- post surgical procedures
- neck pain
- foot pain (plantar fascistis)
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- sprains, tears or bone breaks
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I initially bought the Genesis DH™ Red / Infrared Light Therapy Set for facial rejuvenation.
Soon after I purchased your product I broke my left Tibia, Fibula and also dislocated my left ankle.
It was a very sever injury with delayed surgery to put a large plate and 12 pins to repair the broken bones. As a result of the surgery I developed nerve damage, significant circulation issues and a severe pain condition called RSD.