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What is LED Light Therapy

Because we're continually surrounded by light, it's easy for us to take light for granted. Light (either natural or via LED source) streams photons (tiny packets of energy) to our bodies resulting in numerous beneficial properties to our well-being. Evidence indicates that our cells absorb photons and transform their energy into Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) which is a form of energy that our cells utilize. The resulting ATP is then used to both power metabolic processes and to synthesize DNA and RNA (proteins and enzymes). ATP may also repair and/or regenerate cell components, foster an abundance of cell reproduction and increase circulation thereby restoring balance to the body. Light is also responsible for the release of Nitric Oxide within the cells - a 'miracle' molecule aiding in the body's healing process. You see a lot written about the importance of Nitric Oxide relating to blood pressure and circulation.

Why do we see so much information on circulation and why it it so important to our body? The image on right is a 3D modeling of our circulatory system, it speaks for itself. How does this relate to LED light therapy? LED light therapy involves the use of light emitting diodes (LED) delivering red, blue and infrared light to the skin. These three (3) wavelengths stimulate beneficial innate cellular responses increasing circulation and activating the release of nitric oxide.

In a nutshell, Light Therapy produces light energy to fuel our cells which enable them to produce healthy cells. It is calculated that our bodies are made up of over 200 billion cells which are constantly dividing (producing new cells) some on a daily basis. When a cell becomes damaged or undergoes some type of infection, it will self destruct by a process called apoptosis (cell suicide). This cycle helps to keep the body's natural process of cell division in check - our bodie's natural design for self-healing. You can see why it is important that we strive to produce healthy cells.

"We direct our cells toward health...or illness." -Dr Bruce Lipton, Cell Biologist

Light therapy has been in use within the medical profession for more than 20 years as a method to reduce pain and increase circulation. Light Therapy has been shown to deliver powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. Both visible red, blue and 'invisible' infrared light can result in at least 24 positive changes at the cellular level. Light Therapy causes biological effects since different wavelengths are absorbed by different proteins within the body. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) disperse light (red, blue and/or infrared) over a large surface. Pulsed light has been found to be the most non-invasive way to 'enlighten' your cells.

Why You Should Be Interested In Light Therapy

Effective, non-abrasive, non-invasive and restorative

Light therapy has been established as a useful tool to: Increase vascularity (circulation) by increasing the formation of new capillaries, which are additional blood vessels that replace damaged ones. New capillaries speed up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well as more nutrients needed for healing, and they can also carry more waste products away.

Stimulate the production of collagen: Collagen is the most common protein found in the body. Collagen is the essential protein used to repair damaged tissue and to replace old tissue. It is the substance that holds cells together and has a high degree of elasticity. By increasing collagen production less scar tissue is formed at the damaged site.

Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP): ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in ATP allo cells to accept nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell. All food turns into ATP before the cells utilize it. ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell.

Increase lymphatic system activity: Oedema, which is the swelling or natural splitting process of the body, has two basic components. The first is a liquid part, which can be evacuated by the blood system, and the second is comprised of the proteins that have to be evacuated by the lymphatic system. Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymph system can be doubled with the use of light therapy. the venous diameter and the arterial diameters can also be increased. This means that both parts of oedema (liquid and protein) can be evacuated at a much faster rate to relieve swelling.

Reduce the excitability of nervous tissue: The photons of light energy enter the body as negative ions. This calls upon the vbody to send positive ions, like calcium among others, to go to the area being treated. These ions assist in firing the nerves, thereby relieving pain.

Stimulate fibroblastic activity that aids in the repair process: Fibroblasts are present in connective tissue and are capable of forming collagen fibres.

Increase phagocytosis: The process of scavenging for an ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells for the purpose of clean up. This is an important part of the infection fighting process. Destruction of the infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.

Induce a thermal like effect in the tissue: The light raises the temperature of the cells through a photochemical reaction.

Stimulate tissue granulation and connective tissue projections: Part of the healing process of wounds, ulcers or inflamed tissues.

Stimulate acetylcholine release: Acetylcholine causes cardiac inhibition, vasodilation, gastrointestinal peristalsis and other parasympathetic effects.

Who has studied LED Light Therapy?

This is just a sampling of institutions who have conducted clinical studies:

  • National Cancer Institute
  • NASA, Dr. Harry T Whelan
  • Mayo Clinic, Jeffery Basford, MD
  • Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Stanford University, Kendrick C. Smith
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Wellman Labs
  • University of Colorado, Dr. Thomas Burke, PhD

Who Uses LED Light Therapy?

This is just a sampling of Light Therapy users:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Athletes
  • Biofeedback Practitioners
  • Chiropractors
  • Colon Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Dads
  • Diabetic Neuropathy Clinics
  • Dentists
  • Estheticians
  • Families
  • Football Players
  • Golfers
  • Healing Centers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Medical Doctors
  • Moms
  • Naturopaths
  • Navy Seals
  • Nurses
  • Pet Owners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Professionals
  • Reiki Practitioners
  • Retirees
  • Spas
  • Sports Medicine Therapists
  • Tennis Players
  • Trainers
  • Veterinarians

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