Celluma Light Therapy

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Transform your health on the cellular level with the power of Celluma LED Light Therapy! This exclusive, all-in-one therapy device uses powerful light energy to effectively improve the overall condition of your skin and help with a variety of pain management.

What is red light therapy?

Red light therapy—also known as red LED light therapy, low-level light therapy (LLLT), photobiomodulation, and cold laser therapy—involves exposing bodily tissues to red and near-infrared light between the wavelengths of 660 nm and 890 nm with either low-level lasers or red LED lights. The light from these devices is used to treat a variety of conditions, from wrinkles to scarring to pesky wounds that won't heal. Some red light therapy units are small and handheld while others can be positioned above your face (like a dentist's lamp), and others look more like tanning beds.

These red and near-infrared wavelengths do not burn or damage the skin (unlike the dangerous UVA rays in tanning beds), but they're thought to be absorbed by skin up to 10 millimeters—a lot deeper than any serum or cream can penetrate.

Surprisingly, red light therapy can be traced back to NASA. In the 1990s, scientists developed technology featuring red LEDs to help promote growth and photosynthesis in plants during space shuttle missions. This, in turn, prompted research into whether red light therapy might have benefits for humans, particularly for astronauts, who experience problems such as poor wound healing due to weightlessness.

The mechanism by which red light therapy delivers its benefits is still poorly understood, which makes it a bit controversial, but it's thought to work by stimulating the mitochondria in our skin cells. Mitochondria are the power plants of our cells that turn food and oxygen into energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Stimulated mitochondria are thought to produce more ATP, and thus, help cells function, regenerate, and repair themselves more efficiently. Stem cells may also be activated by red light therapy, which promotes increased tissue repair and healing. 

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What are the benefits?

1. It heals scars and wounds.

If you still have scars from your acne-riddled teenage years, if you've recently experienced burns, or if your wounds tend to heal slowly for any reason, then red light therapy may be an option. It's thought to help skin cells function more efficiently and repair damage by stimulating mitochondria and stem cells.

2. It promotes collagen production.

In addition to its beautifying benefits, red light therapy may also help counter common skin issues that occur with age, like reduced collagen production (which begins declining around age 30), which can increase the appearance of fine lines. One study found that patients receiving red light therapy on their face twice a week for 30 total sessions experienced improved skin complexion, skin tone, skin smoothness, and collagen density (as measured with an ultrasonographic test). In fact, the study included some before and after pictures, which are pretty impressive.

3. It promotes hair growth.

The most common type of hair loss, androgenetic alopecia, affects 50 percent of men over age 40 and 75 percent of women over 65, and there are only two medications approved to help counter it. But research reveals that red light therapy may be a powerful, drug-free solution. One research review found that red light therapy was safe and effective for promoting hair growth in both men and women. It seems to work by stimulating stem cells in the hair follicle and shifting follicles into the anagen phase (the active growth phase). More research is needed to determine the optimal wavelength for promoting hair growth, but one study found that women who received red light therapy at 650 nm every other day for 17 weeks experienced a 51 percent increase in hair density.

4. It eases pain joint, muscle, and tendon pain.

Since red and near-infrared light penetrates deeper than other wavelengths, it has the unique ability to treat issues below the skin's surface as well, like joint pain and muscle and tendon injuries. One of the original uses of red light therapy was in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, and research shows it can reduce pain and improve grip strength among carpal tunnel patients. A research review also reveals that red light therapy is an excellent resource in the treatment of skeletal muscle injuries due to the fact that it reduces the inflammation and increases angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels). Additionally, painful conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and back pain all respond positively to red light therapy.

5. It speeds recovery and boosts endurance.

Red light therapy has perks for male and female athletes, too. One study found that men who participated in intense exercise and also received red light therapy experienced improved performance and less exercise-induced muscle soreness. While another study on female basketball players found that red light therapy improved endurance as well as sleep. It's thought that red light therapy helps mitochondria produce energy more efficiently, making muscles less likely to experience fatigue.

6. Reduces side effects of cancer treatment.

Research conducted by NASA has found that red light therapy helps counter a side effect of chemotherapy called oral mucositis, characterized by extremely painful sores, redness, dryness, and burning sensations in the mouth and throat. A two-year trial in which cancer patients were given a far red and near-infrared LED treatment determined that 96 percent of patients experienced reduced pain as a result of this treatment. This is great news since it could help increase food intake, reduce use of painkillers, and boost morale among cancer patients.

Source: mbglifestyle - Stephanie Eckelkamp / Celluma