Low-Level Laser Therapy for Sports Injuries
Sports injury rehabilitation is all about getting athletes back in the game with minimal downtime, wile maintaining their optimal health. A relatively new tool for the treatment of sports injuries is finding global success, and it is doing so in a fast, efficient way. In fact, Dr. Oz has called it the “no-pill pain buster.”
Trauma from sports injuries causes damage to the cells that make up soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that provoke a natural inflammatory response in the body, which result in redness, swelling, warmth and pain in the injured area. Chronic or frequent inflammation can predispose athletes to early-onset Arthritis or degenerative joint changes. This condition can affect the weekend warrior, as well the elite athlete.
The application of Low-Level Laser Therapy reduces short-term inflammation. Additionally, Laser Therapy significantly lowers the risk of Arthritis frequently sustained from sports injuries. Professional sports teams and athletes use Laser Therapy to treat inflammation, provide deep-tissue therapy, and accelerate pain relief to help athletes minimize downtime. For the past decade, Low-Level Laser Therapy has revolutionized treatment in the professional sports world including NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and USA Cycling athletes, as well as Ironman triathlon competitors, competitive runners, college athletes, former Olympic athletes, and elite cross-fitters.
How Low-Level Laser Therapy Works
Low-Level Laser Therapy works to photobiostimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light in a coherent method. Coherence means that light photons propagate in the same direction, amplitude and phase. This is important to maximize the depth of penetration in order to trigger an appropriate biological response.
The cell membrane within the skin absorbs these photons through a photochemical effect, not photothermal; consequently, Low-Level Laser Therapy does not cause heat damage to the tissues.
When cells are chemically damaged through injury, they activate the pain cycle. Low-Level Laser Therapy stimulates kinetic energy within the cells by transmitting these healing stimuli that are photons. Once photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a cascade of cellular activities. Low-Level Laser Therapy can ignite the production of enzymes, stimulate mitochondria, increase vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, ATP synthesis, and elevate collagen formation substances to prevent scar tissue. This is a critical step in reducing chronic, disabling myofascial pain syndromes. Simply stated, Low-Level Laser Therapy enables athletes to alleviate pain faster and heal at the same time.
If you’re an athlete who has been sidelined by debilitating pain, schedule an appointment with NYC Chiropractor Dr. Taras Odulak today, so you can get back in the game.