Red Light Therapy
Red Light Therapy for Fibromyalgia
Red light therapy is a type of light treatment that has been practised since humanity first realised the therapeutic benefits of sunlight thousands of years ago.
We now understand that each wavelength of light found in the sunshine has a unique impact on a person’s physiology. It is also well recognised that different wavelengths of light have distinct reactions in the body. For instance, green light is calming, while blue light is invigorating.
Natural sunshine also contains red and near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths, but there are some significant differences. Red light has been demonstrated in countless clinical studies to boost favourable outcomes, in contrast to full-spectrum sunshine, which contains dangerous UV radiation. The amount of real scientific evidence is exponentially growing.
Both red and NIR light is frequently referred to as “red light therapy.” Their size of wavelengths, which are measured in nanometers, sets them apart from one another (nm). Red light therapy uses wavelengths between 630 and 660 nm, while NIR uses wavelengths between 810 and 850 nm.
LED lights are used in red light therapy equipment. Light photons absorb into the body’s tissues when it is shone on bare skin, where they activate a number of advantageous biological processes. Red light is a powerful natural therapy for ageing and other skin issues because it absorbs into the top layers of the skin. The deeper penetration of NIR light into the underlying tissues beneath the skin, such as the muscles, connective tissue, bones, organs, and even the brain, is made possible by its longer wavelengths.
DOES RED LIGHT THERAPY FOR FIBROMYALGIA HELP?
The fact that red light treatment addresses some of the underlying causes or triggers of fibromyalgia, such as chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and psychological stress, is one of its major advantages. Red light is therefore viewed as a promising treatment for fibromyalgia patients (but it shouldn’t be viewed as a cure).
Researchers from Taiwan examined nine published randomised controlled studies with a total of 325 fibromyalgia patients and produced a comprehensive analysis that supported this in May 2019. The majority of patients getting LLLT, or roughly 95%, showed statistically significant improvement in their level of pain, exhaustion, depression, and other conditions, all without experiencing any negative side effects.
The scientists write in the published review. “Our results presented the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding the effects of LLLT in fibromyalgia,” and that “LLLT is an effective, safe, and well-tolerated treatment” for the condition.