When the American track team traveled to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, it brought a photo biomodulation capsule for $ 181,000 – a red light bed. Her coach Alberto Salazar swore by his power to promote healing and heal injuries so that the athletes could train harder.
With the new, affordable LED technology, this therapy is now available to the rest of us. Planet Fitness offers it in its clubs. There are even home systems like Joovv (seen here starting at $ 295 for the Joovv Go).
Fans insist that 10 or 15 minutes of light a few times a week is enough to enjoy less than anything joint pain and pain. Sound too good to be true? Maybe not.
"Red light therapy can help you recover after exercise, sleep better, heal wounds and injuries such as tendinitis, reduce arthritis – and you can just feel better about something which is difficult to quantify, "says Michael Hamblin, a photomedicine researcher at Harvard Medical School who has been involved in light therapy for three decades.
Here's how it works: different colors of light enter the skin with varying intensity These light waves then stimulate cell activity, while light in the red spectrum stimulates cell regeneration (ultraviolet light causes cell damage). Red light is absorbed by the superficial skin layer (which is why it is used by dermatologists for a variety of diseases) penetrates deeper and is used for muscle recovery The red light therapy is free of side effects. Hamblin says that only a small percentage of people are sensitive to the light. And unlike lasers, LED lights are safe for the eyes.
There's more research, but if you're interested, consider it a green light in red light therapy.