Near Infrared / Red Light Therapy

Integrative Medica

Naturopathic Doctors & Functional and Holistic Medicine located in SALT LAKE CITY, UT

If you’re searching for a noninvasive, drug-free pain treatment, near infrared and red light therapy, have a lot to offer. These treatments are among the services available under the care of naturopathic physicians Jake Schmutz, NMD, Joshua Hersh, NMD, and the team at Integrative Medica in Salt Lake City, Utah. When you’re ready to learn more, reach out online or by phone to book a personalized consultation.

Near Infrared / Red Light Therapy Q & A

What is the difference between near infrared and red light therapy?

Near infrared and red light are terms used to refer to specific wavelengths of light. Both types of light don’t cause heat within the body but penetrate deeply into targeted tissues. 

In general, red light therapy penetrates less deeply than near infrared therapy. Red light therapy can reach your skin and the follicles, nerves, and blood vessels within the skin. Near infrared therapy extends deeper, reaching your bones, muscles, and joints. 

Both types of therapy are safe, and carry a low risk of side effects. Research shows that these forms of light therapy can be effective in addressing a wide range of health concerns.   

What are the potential benefits of near infrared and red light therapy?

Both red light therapy and near infrared therapy offer the chance to create noticeable changes in targeted tissue. Your practitioner will listen to your treatment goals and guide you toward the option best aligned with your needs. 

Some of the potential benefits of red light therapy include:


  • Hastened wound healing
  • Fewer acne breakouts
  • Improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin
  • Faster athletic recovery
  • Improvement in neuropathic pain

Some of the potential benefits of near infrared therapy include:

  • Enhanced muscle recovery
  • Improvement of psychiatric disorders
  • Faster bone growth and repair
  • Accelerated recovery after stroke
  • Swifter healing and reduced risk of infection

When you partner with the skilled practitioners at Integrative Medica, you receive highly personalized care and fact-based guidance on which options can help you reach your goals as quickly as possible. 

What kind of recovery time is needed after near infrared and red light therapy?

In the hands of a skilled practitioner, both near infrared and red light therapy are safe and effective ways to address pain and other health issues. It’s important to avoid having these services performed in a spa or another non-medical setting, as improper use or poorly calibrated treatment platforms can cause real harm. 

There’s no need for any form of anesthesia or preparation for red light or near infrared therapy. You won’t need to take time out of your daily routine for recovery, as your body adapts very quickly to these treatment types. 

During your consultation, your practitioner explains what to expect in terms of treatment timing, duration, and expense. To learn more, book a visit by phone or use the convenient online scheduler today.