Inflammation and red therapeutic light
Each of us has already experienced this reaction of our body. You can think of inflammation as a programmed response of your body to danger. It is one of the first actions of the immune system against germs, irritation and cell damage. However, if inflammation becomes a chronic problem, it can also be a pathway to disease and wider dysfunction in the body.
Let’s look at inflammation in more detail in the following article.
What causes inflammation?
Inflammation in the body can have a wide range of reasons. These are clear physical causes such as injuries, wounds, bruises, burns or the presence of a foreign body. It is also possible to occur after exposure of the body to biological factors such as stress, bacteria, toxic substances or even alcohol.
The human body can also respond with inflammation to lack of sleep or dehydration. All of these factors can also induce chronic inflammation, which has a long duration and carries other health problems.
Symptoms of inflammation
The classic symptoms of inflammation are heat, redness, swelling and pain in the affected area. The pain is caused by chemicals such as bradykinin and histamine, which your body releases to stimulate your nerve endings as a warning of danger.
Acute or chronic inflammation?
Not all inflammations are detrimental to your health. Acute inflammation can help our body recover from a specific problem. In a normal response to stress or injury, inflammation occurs within a few hours and works to remove damaged tissue and begin the repair process. Once the injury or tension is healed, the inflammation disappears.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is often caused by frequent and persistent acute inflammation, as well as viral infections, autoimmune reactions, repeated tissue damage, and removal of foreign bodies. Chronic inflammation can be very painful and can lead to other conditions such as arthritis, dull skin, poor bowel condition and even an increased risk of some cancers. Chronic inflammation is incredibly common and can be the basis for other diseases such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, which lead to more than half of all human deaths.
Inflammation and red light therapy
Normally, inflammation is treated with so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. But the red light of Nuovo Therapy devices will handle this as well. Light therapy, or photobiomodulation, uses red, near-infrared light, and other color spectra to reduce pain, inflammation, and improve cellular energy production. It is a different treatment option that focuses on the cause of the health problem, not just the symptoms. It is a non-invasive therapy without drugs, which solves the root cause of pain by stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms without side effects or secondary problems.
Inflammation is a natural and essential part of life. However, its chronic form seriously endangers our health and photobiomodulation is able to combat this problem very successfully without the use of drugs. But it is not possible without the support of the right lifestyle.
Effects of red light on inflammation and skin barrier recovery following acute perturbation. Pilot study results in healthy human subjects – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30520139/
Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) on acute pain and inflammation in patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty-a randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29909435/