Regenerate Your Body: Managing Pain With Infrared Light

Understanding Pain

Getting to the bottom of how pain occurs, is felt, and ultimately is released is a tricky subject. There are various types of pain that are caused by a variety of factors. For example, burning pain is much different than sharp pain and in general people can suffer acute pain (short pain from a direct stimulus such as a cut) or chronic pain (lifelong and usually from a internal condition).

The way we sense and feel pain, however, is much simpler to understand. When we come in contact with a stimulus, such as a sharp object or a recurrence of chronic arthritic pain, our cells recognize it using receptors. The receptors then send a message to the brain through a nerve fibers that travel up the spine and to the  brain. Here, the signals are sent to various cortexes of the brain to trigger emotional and physical responses.

Managing Pain

Since pain is felt and responded to in a nearly infinite number of ways, the different approaches to pain management can be endless. When pain is very severe, it is always best to seek medical attention. For known, bearable pain such as discomfort, there are several ways people can mitigate the effects.

Temperature manipulation is a great low-cost option at home, such as using a cooling gel or a heating pad. Over the counter medications can also provide short-term relief. Once pain becomes chronic, however, the costs and side effects of medications can become difficult to bear. A fantastic new option for this is using LED infrared light therapy. By using light therapy, you can manage your pain, swelling, and stiffness in a healthy, side-effect, and drug free way for the rest of your life.

Using Infrared Light To Manage Your Pain

Light Therapy uses a combination of red and infrared light waves to penetrate the deepest layer of the skin cell. Once the skin cell has been penetrated, the warmth of the infrared LEDs stimulates the inner skin cell while the red LEDs reduce inflammation which in turn causes the pain to minimize and the healing time to hasten.

What makes light therapy a sound option for pain management treatments is that there are no side effects and no drugs involved. The contraindications are minimal, and therefore almost anyone can enjoy these treatments. In addition to this, light therapy sessions are typically offered in quiet office or spa locations and as such gives you access to a relaxing atmosphere while you work on feeling better.

Clearing The Air: Combating Acne With Blue Light

What Is Acne?

Acne, or acne vulgaris, is the occurance of pimples, blackheads, and scars on the surface of the skin. The appearance of these blemishes is brought about when the hair follicles become filled with oils and bacteria. Acne most commonly affects teenagers, however, adult onset acne is also very widespread.

While genetics and hormones play a large factor, the major causality of acne is the presence of the P. acnes bacteria. This bacteria is what clogs the follices of the hair increasing the rate of breakouts and scarring. Most treatmentment options for acne involve either the management of oil content in the skin, or the destruction of the P. acnes bacteria.

How Do I Avoid Getting Acne Breakouts?

Acne prevention is a very popular topic, as most cases of teenaged acne can be co-managed with changes in lifestyle. Such changes include:

  • Frequent face washing
  • Minimal use of make-up
  • Fragrance & oil-free hair products
  • Excercise daily
  • Diet change – avoid chocolates and oil-rich foods.

While lifestyle change does help in the management of acne, it is ultimately best to destroy the P. acnes bacteria entirely. For this reason, most individuals seek the aid of a dermatologist or physician. Below we list a few treatment options that aid in the removal of acne bacteria.

How Does Blue Light Help?

Treating acne using LED light therapy can be done either through the use of blue light or a combination of red and blue light. Blue light targets the first layer of the skin cell to eliminate the P. acnes bacteria while the red light aids in reducing inflammation as a follow up measure.

What makes blue light therapy a clear choice for acne treatments is that it is a pain-free and drug-free procedure that can, in most cases, be used in conjunction with other modalities such as topicals. Treatment times are short and results are usually seen within a few short weeks.