How Does Red Light Therapy Relieve Pain After Exercise?
If you are a person who loves sports and insists on exercising, you may occasionally suffer from pain. This kind of ailment recovers relatively quickly at first, but when it gradually accumulates and recurs, it may not be called a "minor ailment". Today's article is about the knowledge about red light therapy for pain, which will give you a variety of choices when facing pain, so as to achieve the effect of returning to full condition as soon as possible the next day.
In the United States, red light therapy has become a popular way to rejuvenate athletes. The San Francisco 49ers use red light and near-infrared light therapy to speed athletes' muscle recovery. They are a football team founded in 1944. In 2020, their team reached a cooperation agreement with California phototherapy product supplier. The supplier built a muscle recovery room-Athletes Recovery Room next to the team's locker room.
After the game or training, players can go to this light therapy room specially set up for athletes to quickly recover their muscles.
Maybe we can't build the light therapy room for muscle recovery.But if we know its principles, then we can purchase some equipment ourselves. You can DIY a sufficient red light therapy environment in a private environment, and Bestqool is your best choice.
Why do I Feel Pain After Exercise?
Before understanding the principle of red light therapy for pain, we must first understand how pain is caused. The pain we are talking about here is exercise muscle pain, not pathological pain, and this needs to be distinguished.
After high-intensity exercise or exercise that the body has never adapted to, there may be slight inflammation and subtle damage to the muscle tissue, and the body will release inflammatory mediators and cell signals at this time, causing pain. The occurrence of pain is a kind of self-protection of the body, reminding this part that it can no longer be used vigorously, in order to achieve the effect of maintaining the body and extending the service life.
In addition, lactic acid accumulation is also one of the causes of pain when performing a large amount of anaerobic exercise (sprinting, basketball, etc.). The body produces energy by oxidatively breaking down sugar, and lactic acid is a byproduct of metabolism. When lactic acid accumulates in large amounts in muscle tissue, it can also cause pain and fatigue.
When the pain is too intense, it is possible that a vulnerable part has been damaged, such as the joints, muscles, and ligaments. These are relatively fragile and difficult to alleviate parts. The recovery process after an injury requires more time and patience; although they are normal reactions that can be relieved by rest. But for people who have important things to do the next day or who must maintain energy, the time it takes to repair body functions through rest is still too long.
The emergence of red light therapy is to solve this problem. It will greatly improve the body's recovery efficiency and give you more energy to face the next day's tasks, which is crucial for time managers.
Why Red Light Therapy Is a Pain Management Solution?
From the perspective of modern medicine, light and heat have become one of the best ways to relieve pain. It does not require drug intervention, and the use of appropriate light frequencies will not cause damage to human skin. Coupled with its high efficiency and controllability, red light therapy has become one of the best options for treating pain. It has many benefits and advantages, but before that, we must first understand its principles.
Red light therapy leverages light energy to invigorate cells in the body. It works by directing red light of specific wavelengths, typically 600-1000 nanometers, at the skin. This red light is capable of penetrating through the skin and reaching deeper tissues including muscles, joints, and bones.
When exposed to the red light for a period of time, the mitochondria in the cells absorb the light energy. This encourages the cells to produce more ATP, a key molecule for cellular metabolism. With this red light stimulation, the cells generate surplus energy. In turn, this extra energy becomes critical for repairing damage in the body, as cells initiate fixing and regenerating themselves.
Research conducted by the Infrared Light Research Society has demonstrated that red light profoundly amplifies cellular activity. The light activates pigments and photoreceptors in the cells, especially cytochrome C oxidase, which responds strongly to the radiation. Additionally, it curtails the release of inflammatory mediators and increases blood flow velocity. Through these myriad effects, red light therapy plays a major role in restoring normal body functions.
Inflammation is the root cause of chronic diseases and various diseases. Most pain-relieving drugs on the market (such as ibuprofen) are mainly designed to reduce inflammation, but this will inevitably bring side effects. Red light therapy to reduce inflammation, quickly improve the body's self-healing mechanism, and reduce inflammatory response has been proven to be a feasible solution. If the inflammation is acute, red light therapy will speed healing and allow the pain to dissipate. If the pain is caused by chronic inflammation, then red light therapy relieves the pain by improving various body functions to achieve a comprehensive healing effect.
In this article, we only briefly introduce the effect of red light on pain. As an integral part of nature, light has energy and potential far beyond this. If you are a patient suffering from chronic diseases or pain, you can try to add red light therapy to your treatment plan. As a leader in red light products, Bestqool has various patents and technical talents. We will serve you wholeheartedly to help you obtain a better quality of life.
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