Infrared Light Therapy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Clinical Therapies
Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

Infrared light therapy harnesses the healing power of infrared wavelengths of light. When infrared energy is delivered to injury sites and other painful areas, it dramatically increases circulation, reduces inflammation and promotes healing.

How Does Infrared Light Therapy Work?

Nitric oxide is the key to the dramatic improvements that infrared light therapy provides. This short-lived gas is crucial to the health of your arteries. Infrared energy prompts the release of nitric oxide, which enhances blood flow in the immediate vicinity.

This boost in blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to injured, aching tissues, resulting in fast healing. It also reduces pain and inflammation.

What Is a Typical Infrared Light Therapy Session Like?

Treatment with infrared light therapy is simple and painless. Flexible pads, each containing multiple infrared lights, are placed directly on the skin over the area of pain or injury. Energy from the lights penetrates beneath the skin and is absorbed by deep tissues.

After just 30 minutes of treatment, blood flow is enhanced by 400 percent, and this boost in local circulation persists for several hours after the pads are removed. The most dramatic benefits of infrared light therapy are achieved with multiple treatment sessions.

What Conditions Is Infrared Light Therapy Good For?

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Blunt trauma
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
  • Tendonitis
  • Surgical incisions
  • Wounds

Learn more about how we use infrared light therapy at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

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