Red Light Therapy
There’s a common misconception that the only treatment chiropractic care provides is spinal manipulation. Undoubtedly, spinal manipulation can be a massive part of chiropractic care. However, many chiropractic offices take a holistic approach by providing various treatments. Besides spinal manipulation, other treatments can include different stretches and exercises, correcting a person’s posture, providing diet recommendations, and making changes to a person’s lifestyle (such as stopping smoking and binge drinking, getting enough rest, and pursuing stress-relief hobbies).
Additionally, many chiropractic care offices adapt to new technology. One prime example is red light therapy. We’ll explore red light therapy and how it can aid patients with their chiropractic care.
What Is Red Light Therapy
Chiropractic care is closely associated with sports or work-related injuries, car crashes, etc. However, besides specific incidents that lead to injury, plenty of medical conditions can cause issues. For example, inflammation is a prime symptom of many medical conditions, such as:
- Inflammation in the bones — osteoarthritis
- Inflammation in the fascia or muscle — fibromyalgia
- Inflammation only in the muscles — myositis
- Inflammation in the cardiovascular system — atherosclerosis
- Inflammation in the intestine — irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease
The issue with these conditions is that they often don’t have an exact cause other than genetics and a person getting older. Additionally, most of these conditions don’t have an exact cure, although you can prevent some of these conditions from progressing. While something like a sports injury might be reversible, the treatments for conditions like osteoarthritis are more about pain management.
Red light therapy utilizes 1000’s of mid 600nm and 880nm LED diodes to stimulate your cells’ mitochondria. Your mitochondria are tasked with the job of taking substances like oxygen, light, and food and turning them all into usable energy. This process is called cellular respiration and creates ATP cellular energy—something every living being needs. This red light therapy has undergone many clinical trials that conclude it’s good for the following tasks:
- Healthier skin
- collagen production
- Better muscle recovery and physical performance
- Better sleep
- Alleviating joint pain
- Reducing inflammation
This therapy negates a patient’s need to use invasive treatments, UV rays, drugs, and potentially harmful chemicals. Red light therapy also doesn’t seem to carry too many common side effects across the board. While this therapy may not “cure” the source of inflammation, it can make managing it much easier.
Combining This Therapy With Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care itself is extremely useful for reducing inflammation throughout a person’s body. Chiropractic care can also improve your joints’ flexibility and your body’s overall movement. The right chiropractic care sessions also promote better blood circulation, which can further ease the effects caused by inflammation-related medical conditions. When pursuing chiropractic care, you or your loved one may want to ask about red light therapy. This treatment is becoming increasingly normal in chiropractic care offices. Scottsdale, AZ red light therapy can help reduce inflammation—a fact our friends at Woolstone Wellness Center, P.C. can attest to.