Orion uses the most effective and clinically proven wavelengths of red, at 660 nm, and near-infrared, at 850 nm, light for full-body health benefits.
The difference between red and near-infrared light is in its ability to penetrate the skin.
Among many health benefits, red light is known to increase collagen, energy production, and improve sleep.
Near-infrared light uses a longer wavelength to reach deeper tissues for benefits such as improving muscle recovery, joint pain, inflammation, mental acuity, and thyroid function.
The Core Mechanisms of Red Light Therapy
Uncontrolled levels of oxidative stress can lead to deteriorating cells and accelerate its aging. Red light therapy reduces oxidative stress by increasing the production of antioxidant enzymes to maintain homeostasis in our cells.
Energy production starts at the cell through the mitochondria with adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The more ATP our cells can produce, the better our bodies can heal, feel, and perform.
Red light therapy enhances blood flow by stimulating the production of Nitric Oxide (NO). One of the main functions of NO is to relax the walls of blood vessels, allowing increased blood flow through arteries and veins.
Irradiance is the measurement (milliwatts per centimeter squared or mW/cm²) of how much light energy a surface receives from a light source. The more powerful the light source, or closer in proximity the light is, the higher the irradiance.
Natural sunlight is essential for human health and longevity, but most people don’t get nearly as much light as the body requires.
Surveys repeatedly show that the average North American spends over 90% of their time indoors. This is why a simple intervention like red light therapy can make such a profound difference in someone’s health by producing a vast range of full-body benefits.
Who Can Benefit from Red Light Therapy?
Anyone can benefit from red light therapy because all human beings require natural light for optimal health.
Red light therapy is notably used at the highest professional levels: by professional athletes for faster recovery, by healthcare practitioners for chronic pain management and by dermatologists and estheticians for collagen production.