What is Infrared Light Therapy?
Infrared light therapy involves the use of infrared light waves to alleviate pain and promote healing. Infrared light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the naked eye. This light wave is able to penetrate deep into the skin without harming your body, thus promoting blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Infrared light therapy has been used for decades to treat a range of medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, and musculoskeletal injuries. It's a non-invasive and drug-free alternative to traditional pain management methods.
Benefits of Infrared Light Therapy
As you may have guessed, one of the most significant benefits of infrared light therapy is its ability to alleviate pain. The heat generated by the infrared light works on a cellular level to help dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow to the affected area. This increased blood flow delivers higher amounts of oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissue, promoting healing and reducing pain.
In addition to pain relief, infrared light therapy has been shown to offer a range of other benefits, including:
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving circulation
- Accelerating healing of wounds and injuries
- Reducing muscle spasms and stiffness
- Promoting relaxation and reducing stress
Near-Infrared Light Therapy at McWhorter CNR
Near-infrared light therapy has been gaining popularity as a safe, non-invasive treatment for a wide range of health issues. This therapy works by using a specific wavelength of light that penetrates deep into the body, where it is absorbed by the cells and stimulates a series of biological responses that promote healing and tissue repair. These responses include increased circulation, improved cellular energy production, and reduced inflammation, which can all contribute to the healing process.
One of the most common uses of near-infrared light therapy is to treat pain and inflammation. Studies have shown that this therapy can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis, back pain, and neuropathy. It has also been shown to be effective in reducing muscle soreness and speeding up recovery after exercise.
Pairing Infrared Light Therapy with HBOT
At McWhorter CNR, we often pair infrared light therapy with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). During an HBOT session, you’ll enter a pressurized environment while breathing in 100% pure oxygen. This increased oxygen and environmental pressure encourages greater healing and eases inflammation.
When used in conjunction with HBOT, near-infrared light therapy increases the vasodilation within your body, allowing for more oxygen to travel to the affected area(s). This increased oxygen delivery promotes healing and reduces pain, making the two therapies an excellent combination for pain management.
Potential Side Effects of Infrared Light Therapy
Infrared light therapy is generally safe and has few side effects. However, some people may experience mild side effects such as skin irritation, mild burns, or a rash. These side effects are usually temporary and tend to go away on their own. Consult your provider to learn more about the intended and unexpected effects of this therapy.
Let McWhorter CNR Help You Today
Infrared light therapy is a safe and effective alternative to traditional pain management methods. It helps you find the relief you need by increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing. At McWhorter CNR, we offer infrared light therapy in Denver and can pair it with HBOT for a comprehensive pain management solution.
If you're looking for an alternative to medication and surgery for pain relief, give infrared light therapy a try. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.