Injuries can happen whether you take part in regular exercise or from just going about your daily routine, excessive stress on a specific area of the body overtime can result in pain and that area being injured. It’s our body’s way of telling us we need to take a break, and allow our body to rest and recover. One common injury is plantar fasciitis and is caused when excessive pressure is placed on the foot. This can lead to inflammation and pain as well as getting in the way of the quality of life, as it can be difficult to use the foot while it’s healing. This means that normal activities such as walking can be inconvenient and painful. 

Whenever we experience injuries it’s amazing what our bodies are capable of. Our ability to heal and repair ourselves when damage is caused can be astounding sometimes. However, sometimes we need that little extra help, whether that be because we’ve got a big event coming up or we want to get over our injuries and want to speed up the recovery process. Plantar fasciitis is no different. Which is where red light therapy comes in. Sometimes we need that gentle nudge to speed up the recovery process. You may have already heard about red light therapy and its amazing benefits. In this blog we at Active Care Chiropractic explore how to harness the healing power of red light to overcome plantar fasciitis, accelerate tissue repair, reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. 

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

It’s no secret that red light therapy has amazing benefits, with it growing in popularity in recent years, and there’s no wonder! It’s amazing what just a little bit of light can do for your whole body. However it’s okay using red light therapy and seeing what it does for your body, but knowing how it works is key to understanding this innovative machine. It’s science not magic… Red light therapy also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), harnesses the power of wavelengths of light which stimulates cellular activity and promotes various healing processes within the body. Red light therapy works by acting on the power plant in your body’s cells – the mitochondria. Giving more energy to the body’s cells to help them work more efficiently, such as helping to repair the skin, boosting cell growth, and enhancing skin rejuvenation. There are many different devices that offer red light therapy. At Active Care we’re lucky to own the amazing NovoTHOR machine which targets the whole body and allows for healing. We also own a handheld Thor device (the LX2) that can target specific areas of the body.

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition especially among frequent runners. Affecting the plantar fascia – the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes, it can be a debilitating condition to endure. Often requiring long periods of rest time and can cause intense pain in those who are unfortunate enough to suffer from this injury. It can be extremely frustrating to deal with, especially if you’re an athlete, as any form of exercise will be put on pause while you wait for your body to heal, which can take a long time on its own. 

It can also impact your daily activities as using your foot before the plantar fasciitis has healed can cause pain. As this can develop from overuse of the foot; one common cause is being on your feet all day, if you have a job that requires you to stand for long periods of time you can be put more at risk. Exercise can be a cause, especially without a proper warm up routine. Not stretching before working out can lead to a decreased flexibility and can cause pressure to be put on to the plantar fascia when walking, running and engaging in activities that use the feet. This can cause micro tears in the fascia, leading to plantar fasciitis. That’s why it’s important to see a chiropractor to help speed the recovery process up, and help you get back to a better quality of life faster.

Red Light For Healing And Plantar Fasciitis Pain Relief

If you’re suffering from this debilitating condition, you may be asking, how does red light therapy work for plantar fasciitis? Red light therapy has been shown to be effective for plantar fasciitis treatment, an outstanding solution to help assist with plantar fasciitis pain relief. Red light therapy also has amazing benefits for pain and inflammation management. The treatment works by the red light stimulating the mitochondria in the cells, which has been shown to reduce inflammation.  By applying red light to the affected area, the wavelengths penetrate the skin to stimulate cellular activity. Promoting tissue repair, reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. 

More Benefits Of Red Light For Healing

One of the many benefits of red light therapy is its ability to help the body heal. Whether you’re experiencing chronic pain, injury or even certain skin conditions, red light therapy is a great option to speed up the recovery time and help your body repair. PBM helps to assist your body heal at the source, without relying on masking the problem with medication. This is great treatment for plantar fasciitis pain relief, and helping your body heal. 

Red light therapy also has been recognised for its extraordinary potential in wound healing. When the red light wavelengths penetrate the skin, this stimulates cellular rejuvenation which accelerates the natural healing process. Red light therapy is able to reach deep into the layers of tissue, which encourages collagen production and helps to promote blood circulation.  Being able to empower damaged cells to heal and regenerate at an outstanding pace, red light therapy is a breakthrough technology that assists the body’s ability to heal and encourage wound recovery.

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Choose Active Care For Red Light Therapy

At Active Care we have experience in using red light therapy to treat our patients various symptoms, and help them heal. We are proud owners of the innovative NovoTHOR machine, which helps our patients recover from all types of pain. Our NovoTHOR machine treats the whole body which is a great option for those who are experiencing multiple pain points in the body. We also offer treatment with Thor’s LX2 photobiomodulation machine, a hand held device, perfect for targeting specific pain points in the body to optimise healing. This is a perfect treatment for plantar fasciitis, helping to reduce the inflammation in this area and relieve pain. Book a session with us today to try our red light for healing, and say goodbye to pain today.