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How red light therapy works for pain management?

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Red light therapy works for pain management by utilizing specific wavelengths of light to penetrate deep into the body's tissues. When these wavelengths interact with cells, they stimulate the production of energy within the cells' mitochondria. This increase in cellular energy, known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), promotes tissue repair and reduces inflammation, which are key factors in alleviating pain. Additionally, red light therapy helps to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain-relieving hormones, providing further relief from discomfort. Overall, the combination of improved cellular function reduced inflammation, and increased endorphin production makes red light therapy an effective and non-invasive method for managing pain in various conditions such as arthritis, muscle strains, and joint injuries.

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