Light Therapy For Back Pain
Light Therapy For Back Pain That Works!
Finding led light therapy for pain that works can be like finding a needle in the chronic pain haystack. It IS possible though, read on to find out more…
In my previous article I discussed light therapy lamps for pain relief, in this article I’ll be discussing the benefits of heat pads and heated mattress pads for led light therapy.
In my opinion, the best light therapy for back pain comes in the form of infrared light therapy. Infrared light therapy involves instruments such as lamps or heated mattresses that emit heating, thermal infrared waves.
These infrared waves are safe and also powerful to reach down through the skin into the muscles, tendons or nerves that may be in spasm to soothe and relax them. Infrared light is so gentle and harmless in fact, that it’s used in incubators for babies. The sun emits infrared heat which we all feel on our faces and without which life on the planet would die out.
Infrared waves are the longest wavelengths that reach down deep into the body and so they’re the most effective therapy waves you can use in many pain instances.
Led Light Therapy-Pads and Cushions
As well as using light therapy lamps for pain relief, cushions, pads or heated mattresses can be excellent alternatives.
Rather than shining an infrared lamp onto the spine or other painful area you can just ‘sit it out’ and relax on a cushion, pad or infrared ‘mattress’. These are all excellent ways to heat up muscles from the ‘inside out’ as opposed to other therapies which try to soothe muscles and nerves from the ‘outside in’.
When the muscles and nerves are heated up the blood vessels open and dilate in the painful area and muscle and nerve spasms can decrease as blood circulation is increased. This is because more oxygen becomes available to the muscles, cells and nerves through increased blood circulation. Also, the build up of waste products (from cellular anaerobic respiration during oxygen deprivation cramps) is carried away more efficiently.
Led light therapy pads and cushions therefore as well as led light therapy lamps are an excellent form of natural and non chemical pain relief.
(Please note-If you’re suffering from the common but rather unknown chronic pain condition of tension myositis syndrome, your pain relief may be only temporary. You would need to start on a long term chronic pain cure program to make a full recovery. For more information go to part one of my own lower back pain relief story).
As well as pain relief, infrared light therapy for back pain also boosts mood and energy by increasing circulation and oxygen to the brain and nervous system throughout the body.
Heating pads that aren’t infrared heating pads don’t reach down into the muscles and tissues as deeply and they just scratch the surface of the pain in many instances.
2) Infrared Saunas
As well as relieving pain, increasing circulation and energy and boosting moods, infrared saunas also have weight loss properties too! Imagine, losing weight by just sitting there, heating up from inside! So, if you’re looking to push the boat out regarding infrared light therapy for back pain then read more on my – infrared saunas article