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A Brief Summary of How Infrared Light May Help With Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a treatable medical condition involving nerve damage at the body's distant points. In recent years, infrared light systems have shown promise in helping patients with PN and other pain conditions. In this blog post, we'll explore the science behind health light systems and their effectiveness in alleviating pain and promoting overall well-being.

History of Light Therapy: The use of light as a healing tool dates back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, who built special temples for healing with colored light and sunlight. In the 1890s, Neils Ryberg explored red-light therapy for healing various skin conditions. Over time, light therapy evolved, and in 1941, Harry Riley Spitler developed principles for Syntonics, the first significant step towards modern phototherapy.

Infrared Light System: In the 1990s, the discovery of red light therapy's benefits and the Nobel Prize awarded for research on nitric oxide opened new avenues in light therapy. Combining these discoveries, the Infrared Light System was born. This system applies red and infrared lights to specific areas of the body, increasing local nitric oxide production, enhancing blood flow, and reducing pain.

Health Light System (HLS): Health Light Systems use red and near-infrared light to stimulate cellular repair, improve blood circulation, and accelerate healing. These portable devices are designed to reduce pain, inflammation, and circulation problems, making them effective in managing conditions like peripheral neuropathy.

Different Light Therapy Systems: There are various light therapy systems, including blue-light therapy for psoriasis, green-light therapy for migraines, and red and near-infrared light therapy for pain relief and peripheral neuropathy treatment. Each system targets specific conditions and offers unique therapeutic effects.

Red and Near-Infrared Light Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy: Red and near-infrared light therapy has been extensively studied for its efficacy in managing peripheral neuropathy, especially in diabetic patients. The therapy works by stimulating cellular function, increasing ATP production, balancing oxidative stress, and enhancing blood flow to the affected nerves.

Efficacy of Treatment and Mechanism of Action: Research shows that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) using red and near-infrared light effectively relieves symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. The treatment reduces pain, improves physical functioning, and enhances the quality of life for patients. The mechanisms of action include balancing oxidative stress, ATP generation, inhibiting inflammatory mediators, and inducing mitochondrial biogenesis.

If you feel that you may benefit from light therapy please reach out and schedule a free consultation.

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