(Red Light Therapy)
The healing power of light has been around since ancient times. A Nobel Prize was awarded to Niels Ryberg Finsen over 100 years ago for his advancements in the use of red light therapy in treating smallpox and lupus outbreaks in the late 1890's.
More recently, leading scientists and physicians have been learning and advancing the use of laser-based light therapy for multiple practical health applications; including wound healing in zero gravity to expedite the healing process for astronauts. Far out? No, down-to-earth!
For the western medical sleuth, this technology has been scientifically studied for over 20 years. Researchers, in published medical studies, have discovered this really works.
- Reduces pain by increasing endorphin production, a natural pain killer.
- Reduces inflammation-suppresses enzymes that create swelling, redness, and pain, and boosts the release of anti-inflammatory enzymes.
- Cellular regeneration- by stimulating the mitochondria within the cell, ATP production is increased. Increased ATP production allows damaged cells to accept nutrients quicker and to eliminate toxins.
- Increases lymphatic drainage
- Increases circulation
- Speeds healing
- Relaxes tight muscles and quickly releases muscle cramps
- Anti-viral properties- increase antibody production in the blood stream to allow the body to fight off viruses.
- Increases Collagen production- A primary protein vital to the structure of tendons, bones, skin, teeth and cartilage.
- Regulates Serotonin levels-Serotonin acts as a mediator of inflammation and allergic reactions. It plays an important role in blood clotting, stimulating a strong heart beat, initiating sleep and fighting depression. It also stimulates the smooth stomach in the intestinal wall.
From a Holistic, Eastern Perspective
- Stimulates acupuncture & acupressure points encourages the body to induce natural healing and improves functioning.
- Balances Chi- chi is life force energy-without it, living creatures would die.
- Unblocks meridian lines-channels of energy run in patterns through the body and on its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like plant root that feed through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the meridians is like a dam that backs up.
- Chakra work-There are seven physical chakra points with about a hundred smaller secondary chakras. The smaller points are sometimes called meridians and acupuncture points. Chakras play an instrumental role in your health and well-being, if left unbalanced.
From an Applied Equine Podiatrist Perspective
- Increases Collagen production, which is vital to cartilage development. With the understanding that the palmar (back) half of the equine foot finds its foundation in cartilage, it becomes clear that ligh therapy can aid in the deveolopment of palmar foot conformation
- Increases circulation, which aids in the healing of vital structures.
- Increases lymphatic drainage.
- Helps to balance the body, which is vital to the development of "Dynamic" tissue.