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Are There Health Benefits To Light Therapy?

Ever notice how light from your devices will strain your eyes and drain your energy, whereas natural light will, in most cases, do the opposite?  This is why we find ourselves needing to go for a walk outside after staring at our work monitor for the better part of our day.  There have been many scientific studies that have proven that various sources of light therapy can help our mental and physical health and well-being.  

Wouldn’t it be great to dig further into this phenomenon and find out if simple light therapy can alleviate some of our aches and pains; Good news is, it can.

Take it a step further and try something called infrared light therapy.  This has been proven effective on animals. Red and near-infrared light wavelengths keep joints, muscles and tissue healthy by promoting cellular regeneration and reducing inflammation.

“Light” therapy isn’t new.  It’s been around since literally the dawn of time. What’s interesting and relevant today is that we are noticing more light therapy remedies are popping up that are worth looking into. 

 Everything from skin rejuvenation to brain trauma have shown to have some  measurable effects in the brain, according to a pioneering study by researchers from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). 

Other Benefits of Light therapy include:

It can lower blood pressure: Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Only Sunlighten saunas are backed by clinical research that shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Anti-Aging: Near infrared saunas provide the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production.

Weight Loss: Studies have shown that a far infrared sauna therapy session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.  In fact, a 2009 study showed Sunlighten far infrared therapy to lower weight and waist circumference in just a three-month period.

Pain Relief: Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, and speeds up recovery time.  A 2013 study conducted at the Auburn University at Montgomery showed that Sunlighten 3-in-1 treatments can increase flexibility up to 3x.

Circulation: Sunlighten sauna treatments are like giving your body a passive cardiovascular workout.  Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.

Wound healing: Near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth.

While light therapies is a holistic approach to try, it may still not work if your injury is more severe . Light therapy should never replace the treatment your doctor advises. If you or a loved one has suffered from a major traumatic brain injury,  for example, Medicare MAY cover you if your TBI has lasted more than 24 months and resulted in a permanent disability. 

Did you know that we also offer Pet Health Matching Account for Fluffy and Fido?  (PHMA) Call us to find out more.

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