Improved Focus and Emotional Set Point
Restore focus, find balance, achieve relaxation, and improve your outlook.
We require light to survive.
Light is absorbed into our bodies at a cellular level, triggering a metabolic reaction that keeps our body in balance and functioning optimally. This is one of the purposes of sunlight. But often, sunlight is not enough. Infrared light penetrates deeper than sunlight and is more effective at delivering invaluable light energy to our cells as it does not carry with it the potentially harmful effects of sun damage caused by UVA and UVB wavelengths, as shown below.
Near infrared light therapy is the science of photo-bio-modulation. It uses invisible, near infrared wavelengths between 700 and 1200 nanometres (nm) to deliver energy to the cells, stimulating healing and relieving pain. Infrared light therapy has been proven effective by thousands of studies all over the world, is 100% natural, and has no known adverse side effects.
Infrared lights, like those used at Thrive, penetrate well into the sub-cutaneous layers of the body's tissue, delivering vital nutrients to injured cells anywhere in the body.
But how does light improve someone's mood, ability to concentrate, sleep, or increase their energy levels?
Visible red and invisible near infrared light is absorbed by photo-receptors in each cell. Once absorbed, the light energy kicks off a whole series of metabolic events, stimulating the body’s natural processes on a cellular level. There is an increase in blood flow, allowing the parts of the body to receive the oxygen and nutrients they need in order to function more effectively. This works for the brain just the same as it does for healing the other areas of the body.
Doctors, D. W. Barrett and F. Gonzalez-Lima recently published their findings in a peer-reviewed neuroscience journal which specifically and clinically confirmed the results of transcranial infrared light stimulation on cognitive and emotional improvement in humans. Attention, memory, mood, reaction time and positive emotion were all found to be significantly improved as compared to the placebo group.
Moreover, the Mayo Clinic states that light therapy is a proven treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), considering it a first-line treatment. Controlled trial comparisons between antidepressants and light therapy have shown that treating SAD symptoms with infrared light generates a more rapid onset of therapeutic benefits, is less expensive and overall as effective as antidepressants, without the side-affects.
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The effects of light therapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Brain scans show extremely low blood flow to the affected areas of the brain in people living with PTSD and TBI. Often, the results are chronic issues with memory, unexplained anger, antisocial behavior and disturbed sleep patterns.
A 12 week case study performed using the exact same light system we use at Thrive, showed significant increase to blood flow in damaged cerebral tissue for 5 war veterans whose injuries had not been able to be successfully treated using traditional measures such as antidepressants or therapy.
Is it painful?
No. Some clients report increased sensation in the treatment area for up to 48 hours after their session. This is especially true for clients using light therapy to rebuild nerves as circulation is restored to the area.
What results can I expect?
Everyone responds differently to photobiomodulation therapy. It really depends on what we are treating. For example, chronic back pain can be dramatically improved in as little as two treatments, while scar and age spot reduction can take longer before they have disappeared.
How Do I know if I could benefit from this Therapy?
Infrared Light Therapy is for you if:
- You have nerve damage or neuropathy.
- You have poor circulation or cold hands and/or feet.
- You have chronic pain.
- You feel lethargic, tired, or under-stimulated.
- You suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- You have trouble concentrating and focusing.
- You have trouble sleeping, falling asleep or staying asleep until morning.
- You have suffered a brain injury.
- You want to meditate or find a few moments of inner peace but struggle to know how.
- You have fine lines, age spots or scars you want to target.
- You want to improve your general sense of vitality, well being, and energy.
- You want to improve your emotional set point.