PAIN AND INFLAMMATION
While acute inflammation is a healthy physical healing response, chronic and general inflammation can be detrimental to health and often goes undetected. Red light therapy works by decreasing the number of inflammatory cells, increasing fibroblast proliferation (the cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen), stimulating angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels), and activating the body’s innate anti-inflammatory, antioxidant defenses. PBM significantly reduces pain, swelling and inflammation, accelerating the body’s ability to heal itself. It helps prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases like diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, heart disease and cancer Pain relief occurs within minutes of application, which is a result of a neural blockade of the peripheral and sympathetic nerves and the release of neuromuscular contractions leading to in a reduction of muscle spasms. The long-term effects of PBM (or LLLT) occur within a week or two and can last for months and sometimes years as a result of improved tissue healing.