The Difference Between Red and Near-Infrared Light Therapy Explained

In the world of modern wellness and health technologies, light therapy occupies a prominent place. As experts in red light therapy devices, Helios Red Therapy offers cutting-edge solutions for a range of health and wellness needs. But what makes red light therapy different from near-infrared light therapy? In this blog, we dive deep into the science and applications of these two forms of light therapy, to help you understand which therapy best suits your needs.

The difference between red and near infrared light therapy

The Basics of Light Therapy

Light therapy, or photobiomodulation, is the use of light waves to stimulate biological changes in the body. This concept is not new; it has been used in various forms for centuries. But with advancements in technology, the applications and effectiveness of light therapy have increased significantly.

What is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy uses wavelengths of light in the red spectrum, usually around 660 nm. This light is visible and has the unique ability to penetrate the skin and stimulate cellular responses that are beneficial to skin health.

Applications of Red Light Therapy:

  1. Skin Health: It increases collagen production, improves skin tone, reduces signs of aging and accelerates wound healing.
  2. Hair Growth: Studies have shown that red light can help promote hair growth in people with alopecia.
  3. Mood and Energy Boost: Red light can improve mitochondrial function, leading to increased energy production and possibly improved mood.

What is Near Infrared Light Therapy?

Near infrared light therapy uses invisible wavelengths, usually between 810 and 850 nm. These wavelengths are longer than those of red light and can penetrate deeper into the body.

Applications of Near Infrared Light Therapy:

  1. Muscle Recovery and Pain Relief: Effective for reducing muscle soreness, joint pain and promoting faster recovery after exercise.
  2. Deep Tissue Repair: Can help heal deeper tissue damage and is used in the treatment of some internal conditions.
  3. Cognitive Functions: There is evidence that near-infrared light can improve and protect brain function.

Scientific Operation

The effectiveness of both red and near-infrared light lies in their ability to stimulate mitochondrial activity. Mitochondria, known as the 'powerhouses' of cells, use light to produce cellular energy known as ATP. This process can aid in the repair and regeneration of cells. Read more about the scientific effect of red light therapy.

Penetration Depth and Visibility

An important difference between these two therapies is their depth of penetration. Red light works mainly on the superficial layers of the skin, while near-infrared light can penetrate deeper into the body, making it useful for muscle and joint problems.

Combination of Red and Near-Infrared Light

At Helios Red Therapy we believe in the synergy of red and near-infrared light. We have developed three advanced red light therapy devices: the Helios Pro , Helios Elite and Helios ClinicPro . These devices are unique in that they provide both red and near-infrared light. What really sets them apart is the ability to use both types of light simultaneously or separately. This means users can experience the benefits of both red and near-infrared light in the same session, making therapy more efficient and effective.

Safety and Use

Light therapy is generally safe and free of serious side effects. However, it is important to use devices that are safe and effective, such as those from Helios Red Therapy.


Red and near-infrared light therapy offer unique and complementary benefits. At Helios Red Therapy we strive to give you the best of both worlds so you can achieve the optimal health benefits. Whether you are looking for skin improvement, muscle recovery, or general wellness, our devices are designed to meet your needs.

For more information about our products and how they can help you, we invite you to contact us via our contact page . Our team is ready to answer all your questions and guide you to a healthier life with the power of light therapy.

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