Photobiomodulation: Red Light Therapy

Photobiomodulation (PBM) works according to the first law of thermodynamics: the conservation of energy. Energy from infrared or near-infrared light is absorbed by an enzyme called cytochrome c oxidase (CCO), which helps cell mitochondria produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the carrier of energy in all living organisms. In a nutshell, the light energy becomes transformed into energy for your cells which is then used for tissue repair or enhanced muscular performance.

PBM can be used to provide therapeutic relief for people suffering from many types of inflammation, including eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia, and neurogenic pain. The treatment is harmless and can be used daily with virtually no risk of side effects. It can also be effective for improving complexion, reducing the appearance of fine lines and reversing the effects of sun damage.

I have been using my PBM device from Rouge Care, a Canadian company, for 10 minutes daily for just over a week and have noticed a reduction in skin damage from eczema, and subtle anti-aging effects on my face. I am now offering 15-minute treatment sessions for clients wishing to treat any of the above-mentioned conditions. You can book online or email me for more information, or visit this link for more information about purchasing your own device.


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