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How Does Red Light Therapy Help People with Arthritis?

How Does Red Light Therapy Help People with Arthritis? | Rouge

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, described as recurring pain from inflammation in one or more body joints. Arthritic symptoms typically include pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. They can make simple everyday tasks a struggle and can often greatly limit physical activity. While arthritis has various forms and is commonly associated with the elderly, it can affect anyone. 

Arthritis treatment generally centres on easing symptoms and increasing joint function. A treatment plan can include rest, physical therapy, exercise, medication, and sometimes even surgery to correct joint impairment.

Light Therapy

Red light and near-infrared have actually been used in the clinical treatment of arthritis since the late 1980s. There have been hundreds of clinical studies looking to determine the parameters of effectiveness. With over 40 years of research, enough scientific data has been collected to recommend it for all arthritis sufferers no matter the cause or severity. 

Some modes of light therapy are considered as a dependable treatment for the pain of arthritis, but could conceivably be an effective instrument against the root cause of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and various other inflammatory joint issues. It should come as no surprise that there is great interest with regards to the use of light on arthritis, as pain relief and accelerated healing are the effects of light therapy studied most.

Light Therapy and Its Use On Arthritis

The first major symptom of arthritis, often debilitating and life-changing, is pain. This is the most common area in which light therapy is studied. By potentially decreasing inflammation within the joint, there will likely be a decrease in pain. Practically all areas have been studied in human clinical trials including on; the knees, shoulders, jaw, fingers/hands/wrists, back, elbows, neck and ankles/feet/toes.

Due to their prevalence, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the major types of arthritis being studied, but there is reason to believe other types such as psoriatic, gout or even conditions such as fibromyalgia might benefit as well. Treatment for osteoarthritis requires the direct application of light over the affected area. Whereas treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is the same although it can also involve the application of light to the blood. This would make sense as rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and the actual root problem is in the immune cells, the joints are only a symptom.

Many factors are playing a role in the cause of arthritis, however, it’s evident there is some connection to reduced energy production and the subsequent effect that has on the body, eventually leading to the joint inflammation.

Early treatment of arthritis with Adenosine Triphosphate (the cellular energy metabolism product) had positive results, and this is the same energy molecule that red and infrared light therapy helps our cells to produce.

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

Light therapy works by targeting the cellular origins of arthritis. Cells absorb the red and near-infrared wavelengths (600-890nm) and turn that light energy into chemical energy through a response commonly known as Photobiomodulation. Research has proven that red and near-infrared light increases the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), often referred to as the energy currency of the cell. This increase in adenosine triphosphate production results in more energy for the cell to perform more efficiently and repair damage.

After exposure to the specific wavelengths, Nitric Oxide (NO), frequently called the ‘miracle molecule’, is triggered and released. Nitric oxide is the body’s natural vasodilator which widens blood vessels and capillaries. After just 20 minutes of light therapy, blood flow is increased to nerves and other tissues, and this boost lasts for several hours circulating anti-inflammatory and restorative proteins throughout the body.

For a more detailed explanation on how red light therapy works, check us out here.

Red or Infrared?

The main difference between red (600-700nm) and infrared (700-1000nm) light is the depth to which they can penetrate the body. Wavelengths higher than 740nm penetrate better than wavelengths of 740nm or less, which is significant in the treatment of arthritis. Red light at a lower power may be effective for arthritis of the hands and feet, but it may not be optimal for arthritis of the knees, shoulders and bigger joints. Arthritis light therapy studies largely utilize infrared wavelengths for this very reason and the studies comparing red and infrared wavelengths demonstrate greater results from the application of infrared.

Therapeutic Penetration

To receive the maximum benefit from red light therapy treatments, applying the appropriate dosage is essential. A greater dose is required to stimulate deeper tissue whereas the dermis and epidermis require less. To ensure penetration to the joints it is essential that wavelengths fall within the therapeutic range of 620nm to 660nm for red, and 800nm to 850nm for near-infrared.

Takeaway 

So is red light therapy magic? Not quite, but the science behind red and near-infrared light is incredibly promising. Based on current research, the utilization of red light therapy may be a complementary strategy used both at home and in clinical practice to provide symptom management for people suffering from arthritis and other joint pain conditions.

Red light and infrared therapy can be used to very effectively:

  • Reduce pain in the muscles and joints and increase blood circulation.
  • Stimulate regeneration of skin and blood cells in areas exposed to the red rays.
  • heal wounds more quickly, including mouth sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
  • Stimulate collagen production for anti-aging & wrinkle reduction.
  • Accelerate healing in bones and joints (a combination of red light with near-infrared can also treat large bones & joints).
  • Treat arthritis & reduce inflammation in the joints.
  • Quickly heal skin conditions like Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis.
  • Boost the immune response of the cells to naturally fight viruses like cold sores (herpes simplex) & shingles (herpes zoster) and bacteria like acne & MRSA.

Rouge has applied their extensive knowledge, expertise and research to produce the most powerful and effective red light therapy devices available on the market today. Rouge panels have been designed to be affordable, multi-purpose, and 100% safe to use for the entire family (including children and pets), and professional use by chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, alternative healing practitioners and others.

Explore how Rouge’s selection of red light therapy panels can help you.

Red Light Therapy For Fitness, Performance, and Recovery

Red Light Therapy For Fitness, Performance, and Recovery | Rouge

Are you embarking on a fitness journey? Are you a pro athlete at the top of your game? Do you have an injury that’s keeping you off the field? Red light therapy is gaining quite a bit of momentum in the fitness world. In fact, many pro athletes are using red light therapy to improve their performance and endurance, and to speed up muscle recovery and injuries.

But it’s not just for the pros. Even non-athletes can see major improvements to their fitness when undergoing red light therapy treatment. And with affordable home devices entering the market, you don’t have to have a pro athlete’s bank account, either. An at-home red light therapy device is an affordable useful tool to help you reach your body’s maximum potential, whatever your fitness level. Let’s take a look at how it works. 

How Does Red Light Therapy Help Improve Fitness, Performance and Muscle Recovery?

Red light therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment during which natural red light penetrates the skin and the cells. Once it reaches the mitochondria, it stimulates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), your body’s natural energy currency. Increased production and distribution of ATP throughout the body has myriad health benefits (which you can read about here).

Muscle cells have more mitochondria than other types of cells, since they require more energy to function. This is why they are particularly receptive to red light therapy. Increased ATP synthesis leads to optimal functioning within the muscle cell. This in turn leads to better fitness and athletic performance.

Red light therapy also acts on fat cells, allowing them to release lipids into the bloodstream. Some of this fat is then picked up by muscle cells to be used as energy. RLT treatment also reduces inflammation by increasing blood flow and by supercharging your body’s antioxidant response. [1] [2]

But just how does red light therapy help with fitness, performance, and muscle health? While red light therapy is a relatively new area of study with regards to fitness, there is already an extensive body of research on the subject. Let’s see what the experts are saying.

Increase Strength and Muscle Mass With Red Light Therapy

In a 2016 study, researchers reviewed previous research conducted on elite athletes and both trained and untrained non-athletes. They found evidence that irradiating muscle tissue with red light can significantly increase muscle mass gained after training. [3]

Another 2016 study using identical twins showed increased hypertrophy (muscle mass) in the red light therapy subject. They also reported an increase in the maximal load during exercise, as well as reduced fatigue. [4]

Researchers have also found red light therapy to increase muscle thickness and peak torque in male participants performing knee extensor exercises over 8 weeks. [5] It was also shown to increase grip strength in healthy adults when applied before strength training. These results were observed in as little as 4 weeks of treatment. [6] 

Another 2010 study on healthy physically-active men showed a reduced decrease in torque following a fatigue test in participants undergoing red light therapy treatment. [7] This implies that RLT can help lessen muscle fatigue after strenuous exercise, thus improving strength and performance.

One study on post-menopausal women showed red light therapy to increase total work and power during treadmill training. (Total work refers to the force you exert during exercise times the distance of the movement times the number of reps. Power is total work divided by the total time taken to do it.) [8] 

These findings may have important implications for those looking to build muscle mass, such as body builders, as well as athletes for whom muscle strength is crucial, such as weight lifters, cyclists, swimmers, and rock climbers, to name a few. 

Increase Endurance and Improve Performance with Red Light Therapy

A 2010 study showed red light therapy to increase the number of elbow flexor repetitions by more than 14% in volleyball players. Researchers also recorded an 8% increase in elapsed time before exhaustion in participants undergoing RLT treatment. [9] Another study involving elite volleyball players showed an increase in elapsed time before exhaustion of 11.6%. [10]

Application of red light therapy to muscles between sets and after the last set of intense exercises has also been shown to increase muscle fatigue resistance. [11] Further studies showed RLT, when applied before exercise, to be effective in delaying the onset of muscle fatigue, as well as reducing the fatigue response. [12] [13] It has also been shown to increase the time limit of exercise as well as distance covered in cardiopulmonary exercise tests. [14] [15] [16]

Current research shows that red light therapy can also increase oxygen uptake and pulmonary ventilation, and decrease shortness of breath during exercise. [16] [17]

Red light therapy’s ability to improve athletic endurance and performance could have positive implications for a number of people. Those looking to improve their race time may benefit from RLT, for instance. As might sports teams that are looking to outlast their opponents on the field. Or those simply wanting to increase their performance at the gym or during home workouts. 

Improve Muscle Recovery with Red Light Therapy

One of the key limiting factors to fitness is the need for lengthy rest times between workouts. Having to rest your muscles for a day or more results in fewer workouts, leading to slower progress and poorer performance. This is an especially difficult hurdle for high-level athletes who must adhere to a strict workout and practice regimen. 

Many of the attempted work-arounds to this involve topical creams or medication. Unfortunately these treatments can be ineffective at best, and dangerous or illegal (i.e. doping) at worst.

Current research suggests that red light therapy can positively affect the biochemical markers used to measure muscle damage and recovery. Numerous studies in which RLT was applied before or after exercise have shown significant decreases in blood lactate creatine kinase, and C-reactive protein levels. There is some contradiction in these studies, however, regarding whether treatment was more effective before or after exercise. [14] [18] [19] [20]

Researchers have also observed a decrease in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in participants exposed to red light therapy. [21] Further, RLT has been shown to prevent exercise-induced muscle damage and to reduce oxidative stress.  [4] [22] [23] (Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body, limiting its ability to detoxify.) 

Finally, some studies have shown red light therapy to be more effective for muscle recovery than cryotherapy both alone and in combination with RLT. [24] It also appears to be more effective than cold water immersion therapy for post-exercise muscle recovery. [25] These findings can have important implications for high-level athletes. 

Heal Injuries Faster With Red Light Therapy

Injury is the biggest enemy of fitness. It can halt your progress completely as well as undo any progress you may have already made. Thus, the quicker your injuries can safely heal, the sooner you can get back on the road to fitness!

According to recent research, red light therapy shows much promise in its ability to help heal injured muscles and other tissue. One meta-analysis conducted in 2013 looked at studies involving both humans and animals. Researchers concluded that RLT can be an effective tool in the treatment of injured muscles in athletes and non-athletes. They even mentioned it as a potentially effective treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. [26]

A recent study on university athletes tested the efficacy of red light therapy on return to play (RTP). RTP is defined as getting back to training or playing post-injury. The injuries observed included knee sprains, hamstring strains, Achilles tendonitis, intercostal (rib) strains, shoulder sprains, abdominal strains, and foot fractures. In other words, fairly common sports injuries. The researchers found that regular red light therapy treatment significantly accelerated RTP (9.6 days compared to 19.23 for the control group). [27]

An earlier study found red light therapy to be effective in the treatment of pain associated with Achilles tendonitis, which could help shorten recovery time in the case of injury. [28]

Another earlier study reviewed the effects of red light therapy on pain associated with tendinopathy. The researchers hypothesized that RLT helps with pain by increasing blood flow to the affected area. This accelerates the healing process by reducing the pain-spasm-pain cycle (in which pain leads to spasms, which exacerbates pain, and so on). [29]

Not only are these findings promising for anyone whose fitness journey is being held up by an injury, they could have important implications in the fields of sports medicine and rehabilitation. 

Other Health and Fitness Benefits of Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy, fitness, and weight loss

It’s no secret that carrying extra weight can have a negative impact on your athletic performance. It can also increase your risk of injury when engaging in physical activity. 

Fortunately, current research suggests that red light therapy can be an important tool in fat loss and weight management. A growing number of studies have shown red light therapy to significantly reduce the circumference of targeted areas as well as overall body fat. [30] [31] [32]

Red light therapy also shows enormous promise as an effective treatment for obesity. Not only has it been shown to reduce body fat, it also appears to diminish insulin resistance and inflammation, both important issues for obese people. It has also been shown to boost the effects of exercise on attenuating cardiometabolic risk factors, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. [33] [34] [35]

Red light therapy, fitness, and sleep

Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can have significant negative effects on not only athletic performance and motivation, but on fitness gains as well. Proper sleep allows your muscles to repair and recover. Your body also produces growth hormone during sleep, which is an important factor in building muscle and strength, and repairing muscles as well. 

Studies have shown red light therapy to help melatonin production. Melatonin plays a key role in helping us fall - and stay - asleep. Just as blue light from our devices inhibits melatonin synthesis, the soothing tones of red and near-infrared light tell our brain that it’s time to wind down. [36] [37]

One study that looked at the effect of red light therapy on female basketball players found the treatment to significantly improve both sleep and performance. It is unclear whether performance was improved directly by the RLT treatments or indirectly by way of better sleep. However, given the relationship between sleep and performance in general, it’s plausible that improved sleep had a positive effect on performance.  [37] 

Even when studying the effects of red light therapy on other things, researchers have noted better sleep as a byproduct of the treatment. [38]

Finally, there are studies currently underway to assess the effectiveness of red light therapy on sleep apnea, with researchers expecting to find positive results. [39]

Red Light Therapy and Fitness: What Are the Risks?

Across all studies, there is a resounding consensus that red light therapy is safe and virtually risk-free. There are no known side effects to the treatment, and aside from warmth emitting from the lights, subjects feel absolutely nothing. 

In fact, Rouge’s red light therapy devices are FDA-registered as a non-invasive treatment for muscle spasms, muscle and joint aches, as well as pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. 

In other words, you simply can’t go wrong with adding red light therapy to your fitness journey.

The Benefits of a Personal Red Light Therapy Device for Fitness

Athletes often lead extraordinarily busy lives. Even people who play sports for fun or work out regularly sometimes have trouble working their activities into their busy schedules. In fact, the study cited above involving university athletes and return to play noted that students’ busy schedules were a hindrance in obtaining a larger amount of data. In short, students were often unable to make time for red light therapy sessions.

Until recently, red light therapy treatments were only available in certain gyms, spas, and clinics, requiring people to take an hour or more out of their day for mere minutes of treatment. Given that daily sessions are ideal for seeing positive results, this is simply unrealistic for most people. 

In addition, treatment in the above-mentioned facilities can range anywhere from $10 to $100 per session, making it prohibitively expensive for most. 

Luckily, people like Marc, founder of Rouge, took note. The latest innovation in red light therapy technology has allowed for the development of all sizes of personal devices, meaning that the sought-after therapy can now be enjoyed in your own home, on your own time, and for a tiny fraction of the cost of in-clinic sessions. 

A simple 15 minutes a day is all that is needed to enjoy the incredible benefits of red light therapy, and to help you on your fitness journey. Take a look at Rouge’s extended family of personal devices and choose the one that’s right for you. 

Disclaimer: The information published by Rouge Red Light Therapy is intended to be educational, and is not to be taken as medical advice. We take great care in ensuring the information provided is accurate and sourced from trusted scientific journals and peer-reviewed clinical studies. 

Our red light therapy devices are registered with the FDA as class-II medical devices indicated for the relief of muscle spasms, minor muscle and joint aches, as well as pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. However, the use of our devices or the application of any information obtained on this site is at your own risk, and we encourage you to consult your physician or medical professional before beginning red light therapy treatment. 

 

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Give Your At-Home Weight-Loss Efforts a Boost With Red Light Therapy Treatments

Give Your At-Home Weight-Loss Efforts a Boost With Red Light Therapy Treatments | Rouge

It’s no secret that losing weight takes a lot of discipline, dedication, and hard work. What is seldom addressed, however, is that it can also be quite expensive, leaving those with less financial freedom at a disadvantage when it comes to achieving their weight-loss and fitness goals.

Fortunately, the fitness community has responded to the demand to make work-out plans and fitness programs more accessible, and today there are countless options for getting fit and losing weight at home, with minimal equipment. 

People have also been on the lookout for clinically-proven, reliable ways to bolster their fitness and weight loss results, and red light therapy has been gaining quite a bit of traction in that regard. In fact, many pro athletes and fitness experts have turned to red light therapy to maximize their performance and enhance their physique. 

At Rouge, we don’t believe optimal health and fitness should be strictly reserved for the wealthiest members of society. In tandem with the wellness community’s push for more accessible, at-home weight loss solutions, our goal at Rouge is to provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the wide range of benefits of red light therapy, in the comfort of your own home, and for a fraction of the cost of regular in-clinic or in-spa treatments.

What Is Red Light Therapy and How Does It Work?

Rouge red light therapy panels are equipped with a series of LED lights that emit red and near-infrared wavelengths that penetrate deep into the skin right to the cell. These wavelengths produce a biochemical reaction in the cell’s mitochondria, allowing it to use oxygen more efficiently to produce energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which in turns affects the body’s functioning in myriad ways. 

For a more detailed explanation of just how red light therapy works at the cellular level to optimize your body’s functioning, as well as the many ways in which it can help improve your health, check out this article.

As for its role in weight loss, one plausible theory is that red and near-infrared lights act upon the fat cells to release lipids into the bloodstream, where they can either be used as energy by muscles or simply evacuated. 

What Are the Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Weight Loss

Can shining light on your skin really help you burn fat and shed pounds? Current scientific research seems to indicate that yes, it can! Let’s take a look at what the science community says about it. 

Red light therapy for body contouring and fat reduction in the waist, hips, and thighs

Red light therapy is showing promising results for helping people shed fat in notoriously troublesome areas, such as the waist, hips, and thighs. In various studies, participants recorded a significant reduction, not only in circumference of targeted areas, but in overall body fat as well, with results being evident in as little as two weeks.

Red light therapy for optimizing muscle gain

There is a growing body of evidence that red light therapy, when applied before and after exercise, can help increase muscle mass, decrease muscle fatigue, and improve muscle performance. This can be especially useful for weight loss, as increasing muscle mass is known to improve resting metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories. [4] [5]

Red light therapy has also been shown to decrease inflammation and muscle recovery time, so your muscles don’t need as much of a rest between workouts. [6]

Red light therapy for treatment of obesity

Recent research indicates that red light therapy can be a powerful and effective tool in helping with weight loss in obese men and women. In fact, several studies show that participants receiving consistent red light therapy treatment in conjunction with diet and exercise had reduced circumference in the neck, waist, hips, and thighs, as well as reduced inflammation and insulin resistance. RLT also appears to enhance the effect of exercise on cardiometabolic risk (risk of diabetes, diabetes, and stroke). [7] [8] [9]

These results could prove to be life-changing - and possibly life-saving - for the many men and women who have trouble achieving significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone. 

Red light therapy for improving sleep

A common impediment to weight management is lack of sleep or poor quality sleep. In fact, poor sleep is a well-known risk factor for obesity and weight gain. Given the fact that an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep related issues, it’s an important factor to address when embarking on your weight loss journey. 

Red light therapy has been shown to increase melatonin production (the hormone that makes you sleepy), and many studies testing the effectiveness of red light therapy on various ailments have seen improved sleep as a side effect. Current studies are also underway to assess the effectiveness of red light therapy as a treatment for sleep apnea. [10] [11] [12] [13]

The soothing red light can also help you move to a relaxed state at the end of the day - particularly if your day consists of absorbing blue light from a screen. 

Can a Personal Red Light Therapy Device Help You With Weight Loss At Home?

The benefits of red light therapy for weight loss are pretty clear. But what about the benefits of investing in a personal red light therapy device for your home? Let’s break it down. 

First, we know for certain that the results of red light therapy are dependent on consistent, repeated use. In fact, not only is everyday use completely safe, it’s recommended in order to get optimal results. 

We also know that treatment using an industrial machine at a spa or clinic can cost anywhere from $10 to $100 per session, depending on the duration and intensity of the treatment. Even if you’re only going once a week, it can add up quite quickly. 


One of the biggest draws of owning a red light therapy device is that the operational costs are next to nothing. Once you’ve made your purchase, all you have to pay for is your device’s energy consumption, which is pennies a day. 

Finally, Rouge’s red light therapy panels come in a variety of sizes and price points, so you can find the perfect device to help you reach your weight loss goals at home and within budget. You can also talk to one of our knowledgeable team members if you have particular needs requiring a custom design. 

Every body is different, and we want to help you lose weight at your own pace, in a way that works best for you. Get started with your personal Rouge red light therapy device today, and shine a light on your best self.