Athletic Performance & Injury Recovery

Light is proving to be a powerful asset to performance & recovery

Inflammation & Light

Posted in Athletic Performance & Injury Recovery, Brain Health, Decreasing Pain, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Inch loss and metabolism, Lungs

Using light therapy to help the body lower inflammation in this research from Harvard. AIMS Biophys. 2017;4(3):337-361. doi: 10.3934/biophy.2017.3.337. Epub 2017 May 19. Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation. Hamblin MR1,2,3. Author information Abstract Photobiomodulation (PBM) also known as low-level level laser therapy is the use of red and near-infrared light to stimulate healing, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. The primary chromophores have been identified as cytochrome c oxidase in mitochondria, and calcium ion channels (possibly mediated by light absorption by opsins). Secondary effects of photon absorption...

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Light Therapy Increases Nitric Oxide Synthesis

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Discov Med. 2011 Feb;11(57):154-9. Therapeutic photobiomodulation: nitric oxide and a novel function of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase. Poyton RO1, Ball KA. Author information Abstract Currently, light therapies are widely used in both human and veterinarian medicine. The application of light to clinical therapeutics includes: photodynamic therapy, used to kill cancer cells; UVA therapies, used to treat a variety of skin diseases; and photobiomodulation, used to promote cell growth and recovery from injury. Photobiomodu-lation uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) or low energy lasers, which emit light in the visible red to near infrared range. Light in this range...

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Muscle Recovers Better With Light

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Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Apr;31(3):531-8. doi: 10.1007/s10103-016-1888-9. Epub 2016 Feb 12. Light-emitting diode therapy increases collagen deposition during the repair process of skeletal muscle. de Melo CA1, Alves AN1, Terena SM2, Fernandes KP1,2, Nunes FD3, da Silva Dde F2, Bussadori SK1,2, Deana AM2, Mesquita-Ferrari RA4,5. Author information Abstract This study analyzed the effects of light-emitting diode (LED) therapy on the morphology of muscle tissue as well as collagen remodeling and matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) activity in the skeletal muscle of rats following acute injury. Wistar rats were divided into four groups: (1) control, (2) sham, (3) untreated...

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Light Improves Sports Performance

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J Biophotonics. 2016 Nov 22. doi: 10.1002/jbio.201600176. [Epub ahead of print] Photobiomodulation in human muscle tissue: an advantage in sports performance? Ferraresi C1,2,3, Huang YY1,2, Hamblin MR1,2,4. Author information Abstract Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared (NIR) light to stimulate, heal, and regenerate damaged tissue. Both preconditioning (light delivered to muscles before exercise) and PBM applied after exercise can increase sports performance in athletes. This review covers the effects of PBM on human muscle tissue in clinical trials in volunteers related to sports performance and in athletes. The parameters used were...

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Athletic Recovery – Ice or Lights?

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Lights or Ice to restore muscle after exercise? LIGHTS! Near Infrared and Red Light performed better than ice and lights or ice alone. Light led to “complete recovery to baseline levels” 1 day after high intensity exercise. We have been told for many years to RICE but the evidence seems to show that Lights would be a better choice. Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Dec;31(9):1925-1933. Epub 2016 Sep 13. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) and/or cryotherapy in skeletal muscle restitution, what is better? A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. de Paiva PR1,2, Tomazoni SS3, Johnson DS4, Vanin AA1,5, Albuquerque-Pontes GM1,2, Machado CD1, Casalechi...

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Muscle Repair and LED light

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Muscle Recovery, Collagen Deposition and LED light therapy. Shining therapeutic LED lights on injured muscle “induced a significant reduction in inflammation and increased the amount of new muscle and collagen fibers.” The wavelength studied was in the infrared range. Another study showing the remarkable tissue repair support we get when we shine with light. Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Apr;31(3):531-8. doi: 10.1007/s10103-016-1888-9. Epub 2016 Feb 12. Light-emitting diode therapy increases collagen deposition during the repair process of skeletal muscle. de Melo CA1, Alves AN1, Terena SM2, Fernandes KP1,2, Nunes FD3, da Silva Dde F2, Bussadori SK1,2, Deana AM2,...

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Blue Light and Bone Health

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Interesting to see that blue light plays an important role in osteoblast health.  These are the cells that help us build healthy bones.  While blue light had not been thought to penetrate as deeply into bone as red and infrared wavelengths it does seem to have a critical role in the calcium ion channel and on promoting bone health. Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 21;6:33719. doi: 10.1038/srep33719. Photobiomodulation (blue and green light) encourages osteoblastic-differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells: role of intracellular calcium and light-gated ion channels. Wang Y1,2,3,4, Huang YY3,4, Wang Y1,2, Lyu P1,2, Hamblin MR3,4,5. Author information Abstract Human...

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Athletic Recovery Study!

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I have been working on getting this technology into University training rooms and into the hands of every athlete I know because I have felt and seen this increased recovery first hand and it is powerful.  Read how 395 University athletes agree.     When you have a tool that helps not only with inflammation and pain but optimizes the environment for healthy cell regeneration, you have a WINNER. Laser Ther. 2016 Mar 31;25(1):35-42. doi: 10.5978/islsm.16-OR-03. 830 nm light-emitting diode (led) phototherapy significantly reduced return-to-play in injured university athletes: a pilot study. Foley J1, Vasily DB2, Bradle J3, Rudio C1, Calderhead RG4. Author information...

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Chronic Low Back Pain and LED vs. Low Level Laser

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J Lasers Med Sci. 2015 Fall;6(4):157-61. doi: 10.15171/jlms.2015.11. Epub 2015 Oct 27. Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy Versus Low Level Laser Therapy in Chronic Low Back Pain. Ammar TA1. Author information Abstract INTRODUCTION: Low back pain (LBP) is the most common musculoskeletal disease. Monochromatic infrared photo energy (MIPE) and low level laser therapy (LLLT) are light modalities used to reduce pain and increase blood flow. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of the MIPE and LLLT in reducing functional disability and pain as well as improving lumbar range of motion (ROM) in patients with chronic LBP. METHODS: Seventy participants with LBP...

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