Light Therapy for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Arthritis
Red-Light Therapy Helps Treat Chronic Pain, Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia
How Does Arthritis Work?
Many of us know older individuals that suffer from arthritis. Although Arthritis is normally acknowledged to be a disease that primary affects elderly individuals, that is not the case. Arthritis affects individuals of all ages and genders. There are two main types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Both types of arthritis can cause pain, swelling and stiff joints, and make it hard for individuals to move.
How Does Arthritis Develop?
Despite the similarity of symptoms in both types of arthritis, they are developed in different ways. Osteoarthritis is what we normally think of when we think of arthritis. It is caused by your body ageing and affects around 27 million Americans. Cartilage in your joints work as a shock absorber, minimizing damage to your joints. It also minimizes bones rubbing together. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage breaks down.
Unlike Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune system disease. The immune system is supposed to protect your body from harm. When you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system no longer functions as it should. This means that your own immune system begins to attacks you instead. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune cells in your body attacking your joints which causes swelling and pain.
How Can Red-light Therapy Be Used for Pain?
Red-light therapy can be used to stimulate the mitochondria. This part of your cell is responsible for energy production needed for a variety of different cell functions. Stimulating the mitochondria leads to speeding up the healing process. Stimulating the mitochondria can also help increase the production of protein and collagen- a protein that makes up connective tissues. By increasing the production of collagen, red-light therapy can help arthritis. In addition, red-light therapy also causes the release of Nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a short-lived gas that widens and relaxes the blood vessels, especially in the large veins and arteries. Releasing nitric oxide keeps the blood flowing and can cause better blood flow and local circulation, thus helping to decrease inflammation. After just a short treatment time blood flow is increased to nerves and other tissues. This boost in local circulation is one of the reasons for the pain relief from fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What is Fibromyalgia and How Does Red Light Help?
Fibromyalgia can cause wide spread pain concentrated in certain areas. A common symptom of fibromyalgia is a lack of energy. Stimulating the mitochondria increases energy levels which helps get rid of fatigue. Another common issue is insomnia. Red light therapy can also relax the body which allows individuals to sleep better.
How to Apply Red-light Therapy Based on Disease
Both types of arthritis are treated differently. Normally osteoarthritis is treated by directly exposing the affected area to the light. However, rheumatoid arthritis isn't caused by the normal wear and tear of your system due to ageing. The core of the problem relates to your immune cells and how they are behaving abnormally. This means that light therapy should focus specifically on your cells. During light therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, light is applied directly to the immune cells in your blood instead of the entire affected area. If you are trying to apply red light to treat fibromyalgia, apply the light directly to the affected area like osteoarthritis.
Studies That Prove the Effectiveness of Red-light Therapy for Pain Relief
One study compared the effects of low intensity red-light therapy and high intensity red light therapy combined with exercise. The study was made up of 53 male participants that all had knee osteoarthritis. The individuals were divided into three groups of people. All of the groups exercised. However, one group received low intensity therapy. The second group received high intensity therapy. The third group received a placebo. The results showed that high intensity and low intensity therapy was effective in providing pain relief. It also showed that high intensity therapy was more effective than low intensity therapy.
In 2009, a study was published in The Lancet that looked at the effects of light therapy on neck pain. The results of the study proved that light therapy offers immediate pain relief from acute neck pain after a treatment. The study also showed that light therapy offers pain relief up to 22 weeks after completion of the treatment in patients with chronic neck pain.
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