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Did you know high power laser therapy can increase recovery time after exercise?

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High powered laser therapy, first introduced into medical practice in the 1960’s is a proven sports medicine technology that can increase the rate of recovery after exercise.

 

When applied before & after exercise, high power laser improves blood flow through vasodilation & formation of new blood vessels. Adequate circulation is essential for optimal healing, whether this is for an injury or inflammation & strain caused by working out & exercising. Utilising laser therapy in the windows around exercise promote an increase in red blood cells carrying oxygen & nutrient rich blood to enhance recovery & reduce inflammation.

 

Laser therapy also increases recovery time by improving cellular ATP energy synthesis [10,12,14] , glycogen synthesis [14], oxidative stress reduction [14], protection against exercise induced muscle damage [12,13] & promoting new myonuclei, which aids in muscle hypertrophy & reduces the likelihood of muscle atrophy [13,14].

 

As you can see laser therapy is a great tool to utilize if optimal recovery & performance is your primary objective, not only with athletes needing to perform at their peak, week in week out injury free, but also anyone looking to reduce the risk of fatigue induced injuries & anyone searching for a solution to the ever shadowing cloud of DOMS!

 

 

[10] Ferraresi C, Kaippert B, et al. Low-level laser (light) therapy increases mitochondrial membrane potential and ATP synthesis in C2C12 myotubes with a peak response at 3-6 h. Photochem Photobiol. Mar-Apr 2015;91(2):411-6.

 

[12] Cleber Ferraresi, Michael R Hamblin, Nivaldo A Parizotto. Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) on muscle tissue: performance, fatigue and repair benefited by the power of light. Photonics Lasers Med. 2012 Nov.

 

[13] Cleber Ferraresi, Ying-Ying Huang, Michael R Hamblin. Photobiomodulation in human muscle tissue: an advantage in sports performance? J Biophotonics. 2016 Dec;9(11-12):1273-1299

 

[14] Cleber Ferraresi, Nivaldo Antonio Parizotto, et al. Light-emitting diode therapy in exercise-trained mice increases muscle performance, cytochrome c oxidase activity, ATP and cell proliferation. J Biophotonics. 2015 Sep.

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