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Red and near-infrared (NIR) therapy for pain management. 

While red light therapy is an amazing tool to combat skin concerns such as acne and aging, the benefits of red and near-infrared therapy go way beyond skin deep. Most are just beginning to realize how effective light therapy can be for pain management.

It is estimated that 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain. This takes a toll on healthcare bills, productivity, and the ability to enjoy life. Pain is linked to a poor quality of life. Chronic pain is the cause opioid dependency and the opioid crisis in America today. We need more options to naturally treat and combat pain.

Vital Red Light therapy is a modern approach to chronic pain. No chemicals, no prescription, and no risk of dependency. Rather than simply masking the pain like most pharmaceuticals, red light therapy is able to treat the underlying cause of the condition by enhancing tissue repair, circulation, and providing your body with the much-needed energy it needs to perform.

Chronic pain management as a crisis in America today. Thankfully, for the first time, red and near infrared therapy is available for home use. This is noninvasive, nonaddictive treatment option is now available. 

What is red and near-infrared (NIR) light therapy? 

Red light therapy works by stimulating your body’s natural self-healing process. Vital Red Light devices emit red and near-infrared light, two specific  wavelengths that are naturally emitted by the sun. In specific doses, these wavelengths have a healing effect on the body. Red light (660nm) is absorbed by your skin, leading to enhanced skin health and healing. Near infrared light (850nm), penetrates deep into your tissues, muscles, and body for inflammation and hormone support. 

As your body soaks up the natural light from your red light therapy device, your mitochondria become activated in producing energy for a wide range of functions. Red light penetrates the skin at varying depths, and its therapeutic benefits occur at the cellular level. So, unlike medications that simply mask symptoms, red light works from inside out to promote health. Check out the article "Why use red light therapy?" for more information on this topic.

Red light therapy works by delivering your body the natural light that it needs to function at its best health. Red light therapy is able to penetrate deep into the human body. Once in the deeper tissues, red and near infrared light have incredible healing effects on the cells – leading to reduced inflammation, enhanced energy production, cellular regeneration and anti-aging, and much more. 

Why red and near-infrared light helps reduce pain. 

A red light therapy device does not emit UV rays or heat, rather it emits a select spectrum of wavelength called red and near infrared light that is able to penetrate deeply into your skin. When the light is absorbed by your cells, this stimulates your mitochondria to function more efficiently and get you back to optimal health. When lacking this vital light, your body is not able to function efficiently.

Deep red light is measured at 660 nanometers which is ideal for targeting all your skin concerns. The 660nm light waves are able to penetrate deep into the skin, enabling rejuvenation and complexion. The 660nm wavelength has been proven in clinical studies to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, and is even been shown to grow hair.

Near-infrared (NIR) light on the other hand is measured at 850nm. The 850nm wavelength penetrates deeper into the skin and acts in conjunction with the shorter 660nm wavelengths. At 850nm, the light works as an anti-inflammatory, enhancing muscle recovery, promoting blood flow, and even healing wounds. Near-infrared light provides a whole new set of medical benefits that are clinically proven to penetrate deep below the skin’s surface layer to target muscle and joint pain at the source, providing much-needed relief for people who suffer from inflammation and injury.

Red light therapy has been clinically proven to reduce pain & pain like symptoms. 

Red and near-infrared light therapy, because it improves circulation and blood flow, can help to alleviate many aspects of pain, such as joint stiffness, inflammation, muscle problems, and more. The pain-relieving results happen most often with consistent daily use for at least a few weeks.

Studies have shown that red light therapy can produce anti-inflammatory effects that are comparable to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), but without the negative side effects of degrading your stomach lining and small intestines [1]. 

Pain is effectively modulated by red and near infrared light through various mechanisms such has: red light therapy changes in tissue opioid receptors, it also changes in substance P (involved in transmission of pain) and finally, it causes the disruption of nerve transmission and pain sensation.

A review in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine compiled the results of many studies surrounding RLT and musculoskeletal disorders. The research indicated that RLT could effectively reduce pain in adults with different musculoskeletal disorders [2].

Recent studies have shown that red light therapy is also effective at restoring energy and vitality in persons suffering with fibromyalgia and suggests that this therapy method is a safe and effective treatment for fibromyalgia [3].

Studies have shown that red light has been shown to be beneficial for, but not limited to, the following conditions: low back pain, knee pain, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic tooth pain, sacroiliac joint pain, tendinitis/myofascial pain and chronic joint disorders.

There is even a book on using red light therapy for pain titled, “Red Light Therapy for Pain Relief: A Complete Beginners Guide On near-infrared therapy for Inflammation and pain relief” which you can find here [4].⁠⁠

Red and near-infrared light therapy have proven effective in pain relief in a number of areas throughout the body. Red light therapy reduces pain for the following conditions:

* Chronic neck pain
* Back Pain
* Knee pain
* Fibromyalgia
* Chronic joint disorders
* Sacroiliac joint pain
* Enhanced quality of life for fibromyalgia patients
* Decreased pain
* Decreased muscle spasm
* Decreased morning stiffness
* Decreased total tender point number in fibromyalgia case

Red light therapy is a safe and effective treatment option.   

Red light therapy is safe and easy to use for people of all ages. Remember, you will not sweat or feel heat. All you have to do is bask under the light and let the therapeutic red and near-infrared light do all the work for you. The red and near-infrared light will work with your body to reduce pain. 

No prescriptions. No medications. No injections. No surgery. Just safe, natural wavelengths of effective, proven light energy.

Conclusion. 

From chronic pain management to improved exercise tolerance [5], light therapy has been clinically proven to provide therapeutic benefits across an array of medical applications, penetrating deep beyond the skin’s surface to enhance health at the cellular level.

Chronic pain management is an American health crisis. Thankfully, there are other treatment options available. Light therapy for pain management is a non-invasive and side effect free alternative to the use of opioids.

Red light therapy, when using the correct device, has been approved by the FDA and a safe and effective for at-home use. While related commonly used for skin conditions, is also very effective for pain management and has even been shown to decrease inflammation, improve mental health, and assist with athletic performance. 

Which light therapy device is best for pain management?

When it comes to selecting effective light therapy for pain management, it comes down to personal preference. Vital Red Light offers a variety of light therapy devices for specific lifestyles, needs, and budgets. For the first time, effective light therapy is accessible for all with Vital Red Light device options. Vital offers all-in-one, scientifically backed light therapy device that are both convenient and effective.

Vital Red Light therapy’s approach to pain management is naturally inspired by the light and proven by firm clinical science. Vital Red Light device’s use medical grade 5 watt LED lights that penetrate deep into the body to have a wide range of healing effects.

Below are Vital Red Light devices that will make the difference for your health:

Vital Charge
Vital Pro
Vital Elite

Sources and References. 

[1]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5523874/

[2]https://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/europa-medicophysica/article.php?cod=R33Y2017N04A0603

[3]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29170901/

[4]https://www.amazon.com/Light-Therapy-Pain-Relief-near-infrared-ebook/dp/B07JN9TQT1

[5]https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0116/2710/2265/files/Infrared_LED_irradiation_applied_during_high-intensity_treadmill_training_improves_maximal_excerise_tolerance_in_postmenopausl_women_a_6-month_longitudinal_study.pdf?32

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