How Can Infrared (IR) Light Therapy Help with Pain Management?

As you likely know, there are multiple causes of pain – whether in the muscles, bones or connective tissue. Regardless of which tissue is affected, pain is sometimes caused or worsened by poor circulation and lack of oxygen in the local blood vessels.

When it comes to effective treatment of pain conditions with LED red and infrared light therapy, wavelength is key. Compared to blue light therapy, near-infrared wavelengths can penetrate deep into the muscle and joint tissue to alleviate pain, increase circulation and decrease inflammation. Infrared light therapy provides compromised cells with extra energy to accelerate the natural repair of compromised tissue cells, foster cell production, and restore homeostasis within the body.


Light energy stimulates the release of nitric oxide, causing blood vessels to increase in diameter (vasodilation) and allowing more blood flow, oxygen, and other important factors to be delivered to the cells.

The increase in oxygen and nutrients, along with the light energy emitted from Celluma LED devices increases energy production. This in turn activates pain-relieving pathways, providing pain relief. The decreased levels of pain and inflammation helps to increase tissue regeneration in the impacted area.

Originally developed by NASA engineers for pain management and injury treatment on long-term space missions, red and infrared light therapy is used today as a safe and natural method of treating a variety of muscle pain and skin conditions.