Could Near-Infrared & Red Light Therapy be the answer to muscle fatigue & pain relief?

Light therapy has been used in various forms since the 1800s, mostly for its therapeutic effects on fungal infections, eczema, sleep disorders, psoriasis and emotional well-being.

Fast forward to today and light therapy has become widely accepted as a scientifically-validated treatment for various conditions.

Toughen up tissues

In fact, in the ’90s NASA used Red Light Therapy to increase bone density and heal wounds among its astronauts, in addition to various other applications.

Red light therapy continues to grow in popularity across the globe, with celebrities like the Kardashians jumping on board to treat everything from acne to muscle fatigue.

The treatment protocol is attractive because it does not use any chemicals, there is no downtime and it is non-invasive.

Fight muscle fatigue

These devices combine red and near infrared light – the red light targets the outer layer of the dermis, improving skin texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing scarring, and managing skin conditions, among others.

The near-infrared light penetrates deeper into the body, healing and recharging the body’s cells at a muscular and bone level, which aids chronic pain, muscle tears, bone breaks and other tissue damage.

Among gym-goers and active athletes, red light therapy has applications in treating muscle fatigue – a common occurrence among hard-training athletes and serious weight lifters.

As red light penetrates deeper layers in the body, it stimulates circulation and boosts antioxidant activity, which can help reduce the oxidative stress that comes with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Combining the two components makes for a dynamic duo in combating both deep and superficial issues.

Local availability

Red Lab, the first red light studio in South Africa, is making this groundbreaking technology available to the masses, with a studio based in Claremont, Cape Town for on-site treatments. The company also offers a range of portable devices for at-home use.

“Whether for chronic pain, skin conditions, chronic illnesses, muscle pain and fatigue, or just part of your wellness routine, Red Light Therapy is the answer we’ve all been looking for,” says Red Lab co-founder Steven McEwen.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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