Updated: Mar 30
Plus 5 other benefits of Red Light Therapy
Our founder, Lesley Taylor, was excited to bring the benefits of Red Light to Montgomery Country, and together with Mito Lights Mystical Charms Wellness center uses Red Light as a non-evasive, quick and easy way of delivering recovery pain relief, and preventative care to our members.
Administered in 20-minute intervals, we get the best feedback when guests book 3-5 times a month. Walk-ins are welcomed and we do offer packages.
What is Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that uses low-wavelength red light to improve your skin’s appearance, such as reducing wrinkles, scars, redness, and acne. It’s also touted to treat other medical conditions.
The positive health benefits of red light were first discovered in 1993 during a NASA experiment using red light LED to encourage plant growth. While the experiment successfully concluded that red light from an LED does encourage plant growth, it was an unexpected side effect that launched the use of red light in humans. Researchers involved in the NASA plant experiment had multiple small cuts and injuries that occurred while working with the plants. One incidental finding that the experimenters noted was that their cuts and other skin lesions healed noticeably more rapidly while they were exposed to the red LED lights for hours on end. This finding led to further NASA-funded research and a spinoff company that focused on the benefits of red light in humans. NASA even use red light therapy to reduce the side effects of cancer treatments.
How Does Red Light Therapy Work? Red light therapy works by acting on the “powerhouse” in your body’s cells called mitochondria. With more energy, other cells can do their work more efficiently, such as repairing skin, boosting new cell growth and enhancing skin rejuvenation. More specifically, certain cells absorb light wavelengths and are stimulated to work.
5 Benefits To Red Light Therapy
Revitalizes skin cells + reverses aging
Since we know the combination of red lightwaves and near-infrared light waves stimulates the mitochondria which trigger collagen production and informs skin cell repair, resulting in the following healing benefits:
Improve wound healing.
Reduce stretch marks
Reduce wrinkles, fine lines and age spots
Improve facial texture
Improve psoriasis, rosacea and eczema
Improve sun-damaged skin
Improve hair growth in people with androgenic alopecia
Relieves pain and inflammation associated with tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis
From the Mito Red Light website: "Studies show that red light therapy improves inflammation in several ways. The key impacts that it has on inflammation are related to the simulation of the mitochondria, which helps provide a chemical reaction that decreases inflammation, and the increased circulation that it helps to promote. Decreasing inflammation creates two key benefits that are associated with the use of red light therapy. The first is improved wound healing. Chronic inflammation leads to a state of constant irritation and inhibits the normal healing process. By decreasing inflammation, wound healing can be allowed to progress.
Another benefit to decreased inflammation is the reduction in pain that can occur. Many types of pain, especially joint and muscle pain, are related to inflammation. Inflammation causes fluid to build up and chemical changes at the area of inflammation, changing how the nerves at that site function and increasing the pain signals they send. Decreasing inflammation ultimately reduces this pain and discomfort."
Improves circulation Throughout The Body
Red light therapy has been shown to increase nitric oxide levels in tissues. Nitric oxide is a natural vasodilator, meaning that it increases the diameter of your blood vessels. This increased size of the blood vessels causes increased blood flow to be able to access the areas where the nitric oxide is released. This is thought to ultimately cause increased circulation to the areas where red light therapy is used. Increased circulation can accelerate wound healing and provides additional oxygen and nutrients to the sites where the circulation is improved. This can help to reduce pain levels and may play a role in the pain relief that people use red light therapy to achieve. Increased circulation also may play a role in the effects that red light therapy can have on improved hair growth.
Prevents cold sores from herpes simplex virus from recurring
From Mito Light Website: "Red light therapy works (in part) by increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the treated area, which can promote healing and reduce inflammation. The specific wavelengths of light used in red light therapy have been shown to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for healthy skin. This can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as promote overall skin health."
Thickens hair and stimulates hair regrowth
From Mito Light Website: " These red and near-infrared wavelengths of light stimulate the mitochondria to reduce oxidative stress and improve circulation, allowing the body to generate more core energy to power itself. Improved physical functions, enhanced healing processes, and lower inflammation and pain are the effects, as demonstrated in a 2017 study. Exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) irradiation and low-level laser therapy also stimulates the dermal papilla cells, which play a significant role in the regulation of hair cycling and growth."
Essentially, there are no downsides. Mito Red Lights are the brand of Red Light Therapy lights Mystical Charms Wellness Center offers. For $25 a treatment the reward/risk ratio is in your favor. Book a session today and see for yourself!