WHAT IS LED?
LED (Light Emitting Diodes) light therapy is a treatment that uses visible red light, blue light, and near infrared light to activate the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the body’s cells. The lights are in-bedded in pads that are placed on different parts of the body and they’ll either stimulate or cause a sedative effect. The lights penetrate the body at differing levels. Visible red light and blue lights penetrate tissue to a depth that affects some organ function as well as skin and surface related issues such as wounds, cuts, eczema, and acne. Near infrared light can penetrate deep into the body right down to the bones. It is the one that is able to activate the production of ATP in the mitochondria in the cells.
BENEFITS OF LED
At its basic level LED light therapy helps decrease pain and increases local blood circulation which brings more oxygen to the body. Many people have reported pain relief from golfer’s/tennis elbow, acute neck and back pain, leg pain, sore backs, swelling, fractures, arthritis pain, and many other conditions. Other benefits of LED light therapy include stimulation of the lymph system and a healthy nervous system, support for healthy organ function, and improved sleep. This therapy is best done in the dark so that the client gets the most benefit from the lights penetrating the body. It will allow your body to correctly reset its circadian rhythm (body’s internal clock). According to a study done by NASA, cells exposed to regular LED treatments exhibit 150% increase in cellular metabolism which enhances cellular repair and vitality.
FUNCTION OF LED LIGHTS
Three types of lights are used during the treatment: near infrared light, visible blue and red lights. They are designed to work within the body at differing levels so that it gets the most benefit out of the treatment. Near infrared is ideal for working on issues concerning the internal organs, glands, and musculoskeletal concerns. The blue light is highly beneficial for liver function and bile conversion. It also produces a calming effect when it’s placed on the front of the body. Red light is beneficial to soft tissue which includes muscle, fascia, skin, and other local tissues. It is especially great for skin layers as the skin readily absorbs light because of its high blood and water content. For optimum results during the LED treatment drink an adequate amount of water before your session.
COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES TO LED
Two of the major benefits of LED are its stimulatory effect on the lymphatic system as well as the heat it generates for the body. For this reason it is ideal to pair it with a lymph treatment or colonic. When paired with lymph it will complement the increase of flow in the lymphatic system which facilitates drainage. Part of the treatment uses a pad that helps support the kidneys so that the body is able to properly regulate the fluids being flushed as the lymph system works. As a complement to a colonic placing the light pads on the intestines will generate heat into the organs. The increase in the organs’ internal temperature will help them function at a normal level which in turn will allow for a more productive colonic session.