Red/Infrared Therapy for Pain Management

Written by:

Julia Padilla - Carr

Julia had the vision of creating a clinical skin care studio with the traditional spa atmosphere for many years. Julia is a Licensed Aesthetician, Licensed Electrologist, and Certified Laser Hair Removal Technician in the State of Florida.
Red/Infrared Therapy for Pain Management

When it comes to effective, non-invasive therapies for managing pain and discomfort, not enough people know about red/infrared light therapy.

At Bellagena, we use a medical-grade red/infrared machine to provide personalized pain-management therapy when and where you need it.

What is Red/Infrared Light?

The electromagnetic spectrum charts energy based on wavelengths. The shortest wavelengths are gamma rays and X-rays, and the longest (or lowest frequency) are radio waves and microwaves. Toward the high-frequency end of the chart, we have the spectrum of visible light—that is, the colors we can see. On either end of that spectrum is extreme ultraviolet (high-frequency invisible violet), and infrared (a lower-frequency red wavelength that’s invisible to us).

Even though we can’t see infrared, our skin can feel its heat. Red-light therapy operates in the same manner, but the wavelength is just short enough that we can see and feel the light.

What Does the Machine Do?

Our medical-grade light therapy machine utilizes LED lights to create the proper wavelength for your personalized treatment. Treatments last between 8 and 30 minutes. During treatment, we expose the afflicted part of your body to low levels of red and/or infrared light being emitted by the machine.

How Does It Work?

Red and infrared lights are forms of energy that interact well with the body instead of damaging it. Mitochondria—the parts of your cells that generate energy for the rest of the cell to use—absorb energy from the light and use it to produce more energy for your cells to use. This additional energy goes toward healing. So when parts of your body get damaged, the red/infrared light provides energy for the repairs.

What Can It Treat?

So much pain, discomfort and general trouble in the body comes from inflammation. Inflammation is usually caused by some form of trauma—even if it’s something relatively mild like seasonal allergies, or something major like surgery or an injury.

Red/infrared therapy is great for persistent pain and inflammation caused by nagging injuries or chronic illness.

Red/infrared therapy is also recommended for the treatment of recent trauma, including surgeries. If you can schedule red/infrared therapy within 72 hours of your injury or surgery, the therapy will greatly assist in healing.

On top of treating pain and discomfort, red/infrared therapy is also used for a number of other conditions, including skincare and hair loss.