Red light therapy, is the therapeutic science of utilizing red and near infrared light wavelengths to assist with the treatment of health conditions and promote general well-being. You may have also heard of red light therapy referred to by other names, such as:
- Low level light therapy (LLLT)
- Photobiomodulation (PBM)
- Soft laser therapy
- Photonic stimulation
- Low-power laser therapy
- Cold laser therapy
During a red light therapy treatment, chromophores within our cellular mitochondria absorb red and near infrared light photons, and convert them into energy. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells, responsible for making adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the cell’s form of energy, and enhancing the consumption of oxygen.
Once this red light energy has been absorbed by the body, it is then used by the cells to build new proteins such as collagen and elastin, and assist with cellular regeneration. Red light gives cells a helping hand, ensuring mitochondria reaches its potential by providing it with a full tank of fuel which results in optimal performance for the organism.
You could compare the process to photosynthesis, where plants absorb sunlight and convert it into complex molecules. In red light therapy, we absorb the energy of the red light photons to enhance our cellular potential, promote oxygen utilization within the cell, and generate ATP, or cellular fuel.
There’s nothing mystical or new-agey about it–the process by which red light transforms bodily tissue at a cellular level has been scientifically proven. Improving the performance of mitochondria in the body improves the body’s overall performance and health.