What Is Red Light Therapy?

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Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that may help skin, muscle tissue, and other parts of your body heal. It exposes you to low levels of red or near-infrared light. Infrared light is a type of energy your eyes can’t see, but your body can feel as heat. Red light is similar to infrared, but you can see it.

Red light therapy is also called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), and photobiomodulation (PBM).

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

With red light therapy, you expose your skin to a lamp, device, or laser with a red light. A part of your cells called mitochondria, sometimes called the “power generators” of your cells, soak it up and make more energy. Some experts think this helps cells repair themselves and become healthier. This spurs healing in skin and muscle tissue.

Red light therapy uses very low levels of heat and doesn’t hurt or burn the skin. It’s not the same type of light used in tanning booths, and it doesn’t expose your skin to damaging UV rays.

What Does It Treat?

Researchers have known about red light therapy for a while. But there aren’t a lot of studies on it, and they don’t know if it’s better than other types of treatment used to help you heal. Red light therapy may help with:

  • Dementia. In one small study, people with dementia who got regular near-infrared light therapy on their heads and through their noses for 12 weeks had better memories, slept better, and were angry less often.
  • Dental pain. In another small study, people with temporomandibular dysfunction syndrome (TMD) had less pain, clicking, and jaw tenderness after red light therapy.
  • Hair loss. One study found that men and women with androgenetic alopecia (a genetic disorder that causes hair loss) who used an at-home RLT device for 24 weeks grew thicker hair. People in the study who used a fake RLT device didn’t get the same results.
  • Osteoarthritis. One study found red and infrared light therapy cut osteoarthritis-related pain by more than 50%.
  • Tendinitis. A very small study of 7 people suggests RLT lessens inflammation and pain in people with Achilles tendinitis.
  • Wrinkles and other signs of skin aging and skin damage. Research shows RLT may smooth your skin and help with wrinkles. RLT also helps with acne scars, burns, and signs of UV sun damage.

What Are the Risks?

Red light therapy is generally considered safe, even though researchers aren’t exactly sure how and why it works. And there are no set rules on how much light to use. Too much light may damage skin tissue, but too little might not work as well.

Where Do You Get Red Light Therapy?

Earth Labs in Traverse City, MI. offers state of the art RLT. Please contact us to set up a free in-person or zoom consultation our highly skilled attendants will help you discover the many benefits the RLT can provide for you and your loved ones. Call now! 231-421-1490

CryoSkin Vs. Cool Sculpting, Which is better?

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Are you in good shape but concerned about stubborn areas on your body that don’t seem to change, no matter how much you exercise? Well, thanks to a therapeutic solution known as cryotherapy, you’re in luck! Commonly delivered through Cryoskin and CoolSculpting techniques, these two forms of cryotherapy offer an effective means of both reducing the appearance of fat pockets and toning the body. They do so by utilizing cold temperature to freeze, and so eliminate, fat storage cells. But which is more effective and what are the principal differences between the two treatments? Read on below to find out all about Cryoskin and CoolSculpting treatments.

What is Cryoskin?

Originally developed in France, Cryoskin is an umbrella term for the elimination of fat cells through the concentrated application of cold and heat, a process known as apoptosis (or, “programmed cell death”). The treatment is non-invasive, painless, and uses a wand-like instrument to glide over target problem areas. But there are actually three different Cryoskin treatments available: CryoSlimming, CryoToning, and Cryoskin facials. All three treatments
use essentially the same technology, the only difference is the setting to which the wand is programmed.

To begin, CryoSlimming focuses on one specific area of the body at a time, and tends to work best on the stomach, thighs, arms, and the back. In a standard CryoSlimming procedure, heat at 40ºC is applied to the problem site for 2 minutes, followed by 12 minutes of cold at -8ºC, and the treatment typically lasts around 28 minutes. Three to five treatments per area are recommended for best results, with treatments spaced out at two week intervals. This is the recommended interval because of the time it takes for fat cells to pass through the lymphatic system, where they eventually get flushed out of the body through the urine. This process is also known as cryolipolysis.

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Benefits of Vibroacoustic Therapy for Addiction Recovery

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Vibroacoustic therapy is the use of low frequency sound waves and therapeutic music to support and bring relief to people from pain, addiction, and other medical issues. Not many people have heard of vibroacoustic therapy or are aware that it exists, but we all know how music makes us feel.

Research on vibroacoustic therapy, conducted by Olav Skille and Tony Wigram in the mid 20th century, was found to benefit patients with cerebral palsy, insomnia, pain and Parkinson’s disease. It wasn’t until the ‘90s that Wigram discovered that sound and vibration could be used to heal cognitive disabilities, such as anxiety and self-harming behaviors like addiction.

Music’s healing power has been well-documented. While vibroacoustic therapy has been around for decades, it has only more recently become an accepted modern approach to healing pain, practicing meditation, and improving mindfulness for those in addiction recovery.

Music as a Healing Power
The primitive aboriginals were the first to use the sound from the didgeridoo to heal people, but Pythagoras was the first to prescribe music as medicine in 500 BC. Pythagoras’ discovery of music intervals allowed him to use the harmonic frequencies as a medicinal healing power to soothe animals and people.

From there, every genre from the Gregorian Chants to classical music to hip-hop to electronic dance music continues to inspire and heal people in one way or another. However, vibroacoustic therapy often uses more subtle sounds of nature and soothing instrumentals without lyrics.
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