Infrared Light Therapy: The Basics

December 23, 2020 Main holding a Celluma Near Infrared LED Light therapy device over his head

Infrared Light Therapy: The Basics

With all the different light therapy devices flooding your Facebook and Amazon feeds, it’s important to define what light therapy really is, specifically, near infrared light therapy (NIR) and what it does to our bodies at the cellular level.

Light therapy is more than just Instagram influencers with fluorescent faces. While light therapy is an excellent tool to correct the outward aesthetic concerns like aging skin and acne, there are some important whole body benefits that NIR provides that go well beyond just skin deep.

A Basic Definition

One of the most relatable ways to explain infrared light therapy is to think of it as photosynthesis for mammals. Think back to elementary school when you learned about photosynthesis for plants. It’s the same principle. Scientific research has shown that humans can absorb light particles called photons and transform that light energy into adenosine triphosphate or ATP. Okay, so what’s that? ATP is what powers the metabolic processes in our cells. What does that mean. Basically, it means that it improves our overall cellular performance and encourages tissue repair and even wound healing.


Let’s clear up a few misconceptions about infrared light therapy right now. NIR is NOT the same light used in tanning booths and it does NOT expose your skin to harmful UV rays. NIR is also NOT the same as infrared saunas. Infrared used in saunas normally utilize far infrared wavelengths which emit thermal energy and have a detoxifying effect on the body. Unlike NIR wavelengths used in light therapy devices, longer, far infrared wavelengths are not absorbable by the mitochondria and are NOT capable of increasing metabolic function in compromised cells.

Chronic Pain’s Worst Nightmare

It’s estimated that 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain, contributing to skyrocketing healthcare bills, lost productivity, and poor quality of life. Chronic pain has been linked to opioid dependency, anxiety, and depression. Not only can it be physically debilitating, it can also impact mental health as well.

Nobody deserves to live in pain or depend on medication to get through everyday activities. That’s where non-toxic, non-invasive, and affordable infrared light therapy comes to the rescue! Modern light therapy uses three types of wavelengths: Blue, Red, and Infrared. Blue and red-light therapy provide those fantastic aesthetic benefits everyone loves. Infrared offers a whole new set of medical benefits clinically proven to penetrate deep below the skin’s surface layer to target muscle and joint pain at the source, providing much-needed relief for people suffering from inflammation and/or injury.

A nurse treating a patient with knee pain using Near-Infrared Light Therapy

Why Is Celluma LED Light Therapy For Pain Different?

Celluma’s approach to pain management is inspired by light, proven by science, and cleared by the FDA. Celluma’s versatile, all-in-one blue, red, and infrared light therapy system is effective on different parts of the body and treats an array of pain-causing conditions.

Patented Shape-Taking Design

Unlike other infrared light therapy devices on the market, Celluma has the unique ability to contour close to the skin’s surface for increased light absorption and optimal therapeutic efficacy. Celluma’s unique ability to bend, flex, and contour close to the skin’s surface allows cells to absorb even more light energy to achieve maximum healing potential. Celluma’s superior device design offers pain-relieving therapeutic benefits equal to or better than more powerful and expensive devices, making all-natural pain management a very real possibility for all people who suffer from pain.

Portable, Lightweight

And you don’t need to visit a clinic to experience the benefits of infrared light therapy. In just 30 minutes a day, Celluma’s portable and lightweight device lets you achieve the same level of professional treatment in the comfort of your own home or on the road. Even better, treatment is non-invasive, requires no recovery time, and can be used on all skin types. Now that’s pain management, simplified.

From chronic pain management to post-workout recovery, infrared light therapy has been clinically proven to provide therapeutic benefits across an array of medical applications, penetrating deep into the skin’s surface to enhance health at the cellular level.

A man laying on a couch using a Celluma near infrared light therapy device to treat back pain at home

Infrared Is A Modern Approach To Chronic Pain Management

Free from harmful chemicals and the risk of dependency, infrared light therapy is a more natural method of healing your body from the inside out. Rather than simply masking the pain, infrared light therapy works differently to treat the underlying condition, enhancing tissue repair and performance, and allowing your body to perform at an optimal level of health and wellness.

With Celluma’s infrared light therapy technology and unique body contouring device design, you can regain and maintain your body’s natural vitality without the need for prescription drugs and their dangerous side effects, leading to long-lasting, life-improving pain management you can rely on. Light therapy for whole-body healing… isn’t that brilliant?

To learn about Celluma and the benefits of light therapy for pain, check out the Pain Relief page. To shop a Celluma light therapy device for you, visit out our collection page.

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