What if we told you that the answer to muscle stiffness, soreness, inflammation and joint pain lies in the humble light bulb? We’ve all heard the phrase ‘seeing is believing’, but with Red Light and, more importantly, Near-Infrared Light therapy, its healing benefits come from the energy our eyes can’t see.
Red Light Therapy has become a game-changer, and it’s not hard to see why. Through professional studio or at-home treatments, Red Light and Near-Infrared Light (NIR) Therapy has been proven to treat short-term ailments and provide therapeutic assistance to numerous tangible conditions - think muscle stiffness, sports injuries, inflammation and joint pain. “This is no gimmick,” says Steven McEwen, Co-founder and CTO of Red Lab, the first exclusive Red Light studio in South Africa. “Red Light Therapy is fairly new to the South African market, but it does have a strong medically supported motivation for its many benefits.”
Red Light Therapy exposes you to low levels of red and NIR light, a type of energy your eyes can’t see, but your body can feel as heat. Red light forms part of a higher wavelength of visible light, while NIR light has a longer wavelength and is invisible to the human eye. Together or separately, when applied directly to the skin, body pain and muscle tension can be relieved almost instantly.
And, because this type of light is not the same as UV rays from the sun, there is no risk of UV damage!
Pain, be gone
Red Light Therapy is fast growing in popularity among professional athletes, trainers, and people with everyday personal fitness goals and muscle pain. It helps with quicker injury restoration and healing, with less pain and inflammation. “Red Light Therapy acts quickly when healing, which means you can see and feel the results without having to wonder if it’s working or not,” adds McEwen.
“Pain is highly complex and subjective, and treatment can be challenging, especially since long-term use of medications can have serious side effects. Many clinical studies point to near-infrared as an alternative treatment for pain from a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and other joint pain, bone breaks, muscle injury, and spinal disorders, among others. You’ll be amazed at just how extensive the body healing process is thanks to this hidden medical gem.”
Feel the heat
So, you’re thinking, “This all sounds great, but how exactly does it work?”
Red light therapy works at a cellular level to promote optimal cell functioning. Adds McEwen, “What this means is that it effectively heals cells, rather than deceiving the brain into thinking it’s being healed. This results in a healthier, pain-free body and a much better quality of life.”
The Red Lab Flex Pad is embedded with 100 NIR and 50 Red Light LEDs and relieves pain associated with many physical ailments or injuries. Unlike a heating pad, NIR and Red Light Therapy works below the skin’s surface, reaching deep into tissues, stimulating and healing cells and increasing circulation to target pain at the source.
Even better news is that you don’t have to visit a professional studio to see (and feel) the results of Red Light Therapy. The Flex Pad is a portable, rechargeable, at-home device that can be targeted at any area of the body requiring treatment. Adds McEwen, “With handy Velcro straps, simply strap the fully charged device to any part of the body requiring treatment for up to 20 minutes per treatment area. That’s pain relief in just a few minutes a day!”
“If you’re looking for a cost-effective solution to pain and inflammation, this is it!” enthuses McEwen. “Not only will you have instant access to this exciting technology anytime, anywhere, but it can be manually mastered for maximum results. We encourage the use of these Red Light and Near-Infrared Therapy devices for health benefits you can feel, see and touch.”
Visit Red Lab online to purchase the handheld at-home device.