Red vs. Infrared Light

You may have heard us mention that we use red light and near infrared light here at Avanti Body. But what exactly are the differences when it comes to red vs. infrared light? And have you ever wondered what far infrared light is? In today’s post, we’ll talk about what makes these light waves different and the specific benefits each one has to offer. If you’re looking for red light therapy near Sacramento, then read on and come visit us for a session! 

Red Light 

All light is made up of different wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum. Visible light ranges from red, which has longer wavelengths, to violet, which has shorter wavelengths. Each wavelength corresponds with a different color of the rainbow. Red light falls into this visible part of the spectrum between 630-700 nanometers. It penetrates superficial (surface) cells of the body, so it is primarily beneficial for treating the skin. 

Infrared Light

Infrared waves fall in the invisible portion of the spectrum. Far infrared and near infrared waves are both a part of this spectrum, although they are very different from each other, and can serve different purposes.

Near-Infrared Light 

Red and near-infrared light are often confused as the same thing but they are really quite different. Near infrared light is farther down on the electromagnetic spectrum, falling into the invisible portion, between 700 and 1200 nanometers. Near infrared light penetrates much farther into your body than red light, so it is able to reach deeper tissue, such as muscles and joints. 

A Combination of Red and Near Infrared Light

At Avanti Body, we use a combination of the two in order to achieve maximum benefits for your health. Here are just some of the things this combination therapy can do for you: 

  • Boost metabolism
  • Recharge mitochondria
  • Stimulate white blood cell production
  • Reduce body fat
  • Promote cell regeneration
  • Increase overall energy
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve circulation
  • Promote wound healing
  • Stimulate muscle recovery after workouts
  • Provide pain relief
  • Rejuvenate the skin from the effects of aging
  • Reduce joint

Far Infrared Light 

Avanti Body, we only use red and near infrared light. But far infrared light is worth discussing since many of our clients ask about the differences. Far infrared light has an even shorter wavelength, as it is down farther on the electromagnetic spectrum, lying closest to the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is invisible to the naked eye. Unlike red and near infrared light, far infrared light actually produces heat. These waves are responsible for the heat we feel from the sun and from fire. You can find mineral and heat lamps, wraps for the knees, ankles or elbows, and certain massagers that emit far infrared waves for healing. 

Far infrared saunas have also become popular recently. The heat from the infrared waves can help with health conditions like high blood pressure and inflammation while also detoxifying the body. Be sure to check out our post on red light therapy vs. infrared saunas to learn more about this! Far infrared therapy can be used in conjunction with red light therapy, but it can’t provide all the same benefits as red light therapy so is not a replacement for it. 

Avanti Body

If you’re looking for red light therapy near Sacramento, give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. At Avanti Body in Vacaville, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of care in a calm, relaxing environment. Come in and find out what makes the Avanti Body System different!