Getting to the bottom of how pain occurs, is felt, and ultimately is released is a tricky subject. There are various types of pain that are caused by a variety of factors. For example, burning pain is much different than sharp pain and in general people can suffer acute pain (short pain from a direct stimulus such as a cut) or chronic pain (lifelong and usually from a internal condition).
The way we sense and feel pain, however, is much simpler to understand. When we come in contact with a stimulus, such as a sharp object or a recurrence of chronic arthritic pain, our cells recognize it using receptors. The receptors then send a message to the brain through a nerve fibers that travel up the spine and to the brain. Here, the signals are sent to various cortexes of the brain to trigger emotional and physical responses.
Since pain is felt and responded to in a nearly infinite number of ways, the different approaches to pain management can be endless. When pain is very severe, it is always best to seek medical attention. For known, bearable pain such as discomfort, there are several ways people can mitigate the effects.
Temperature manipulation is a great low-cost option at home, such as using a cooling gel or a heating pad. Over the counter medications can also provide short-term relief. Once pain becomes chronic, however, the costs and side effects of medications can become difficult to bear. A fantastic new option for this is using LED infrared light therapy. By using light therapy, you can manage your pain, swelling, and stiffness in a healthy, side-effect, and drug free way for the rest of your life.
Using Infrared Light To Manage Your Pain
Light Therapy uses a combination of red and infrared light waves to penetrate the deepest layer of the skin cell. Once the skin cell has been penetrated, the warmth of the infrared LEDs stimulates the inner skin cell while the red LEDs reduce inflammation which in turn causes the pain to minimize and the healing time to hasten.
What makes light therapy a sound option for pain management treatments is that there are no side effects and no drugs involved. The contraindications are minimal, and therefore almost anyone can enjoy these treatments. In addition to this, light therapy sessions are typically offered in quiet office or spa locations and as such gives you access to a relaxing atmosphere while you work on feeling better.