Athletic Performance & Injury Recovery

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

Muscle Performance, Gene Expression and Light

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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print] Effects of Light-Emitting Diode Therapy on Muscle Hypertrophy, Gene Expression, Performance, Damage, and Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness: Case-control Study with a Pair of Identical Twins. Ferraresi C1, Bertucci D, Schiavinato J, Reiff R, Araújo A, Panepucci R, Matheucci E Jr, Cunha AF, Arakelian VM, Hamblin MR, Parizotto N, Bagnato V. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to verify how a pair of monozygotic twins would respond to light-emitting diode therapy (LEDT) or placebo combined with a strength-training program during 12 weeks. DESIGN: This case-control study enrolled a pair of...

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Nerve Regeneration

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J Orthop Sci. 2010 Mar;15(2):233-9. doi: 10.1007/s00776-009-1438-4. Epub 2010 Apr 1. Effect of near-infrared light-emitting diodes on nerve regeneration. Ishiguro M1, Ikeda K, Tomita K. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: Photobiomodulation by red to near-infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been reported to accelerate wound healing, attenuate degeneration of an injured optic nerve, and promote tissue growth. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of LEDs on nerve regeneration. A histological study as well as a measurement of antioxidation levels in the nerve regeneration chamber fluid was performed. METHODS: For the histological study, the...

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Improving Weight Loss, Insulin & Metabolic markers with Light

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Weight loss, insulin & metabolism . This study found that adding light therapy to a weight loss training and eating program improved the reduction of body fat by 1.3%, more than doubled the weight loss, doubled the increase in muscle mass and improved the metabolic profile compared with treatment and exercise alone.   The light source was a laser.  Remember that laser and LED light have been found to behave very similarly in many situations.  The wavelength is in the near-infrared range.  The wavelength is often more important than the delivery source of the light. Lasers Surg Med. 2015 Oct;47(8):634-42. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22395. Epub 2015 Jul 29. The potential of...

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Wound Health and Light

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Wound healing – This study finds that blue and red LED “significantly” improves early wound healing – angiogenesis is how the body makes new blood delivery to a wound and blue, red and near infrared light increase this. They also increase nitric oxide production which helps the body clean out dead tissue and improve healing. More reasons to shine! Lasers Surg Med. 2014 Dec;46(10):773-80. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22299. Epub 2014 Oct 31. Low level light therapy by LED of different wavelength induces angiogenesis and improves ischemic wound healing. Dungel P1, Hartinger J, Chaudary S, Slezak P, Hofmann A, Hausner T, Strassl M, Wintner E, Redl H, Mittermayr...

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Neuron Regeneration and Light

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Light & Neurons. Injured and non-injured adult neurons had “more rapid” regeneration when red LED light was applied for only 4 minutes in this study. Pretty cool considering neurons are the core components of the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system (CNS), and of the ganglia of the peripheral nervous system (PNS). They don’t regrow by cell division. They have to regenerate. Personally I am glad that my family has this tool to support our body’s innate healing. Especially with my soccer player and my mountain biker taking some hits and falls.  Here is the study: J Biophotonics. 2015 Jun;8(6):480-8. doi: 10.1002/jbio.201400052....

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Light & Disc Degeneration

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1. Photochem Photobiol. 2015 Mar-Apr;91(2):403-10. doi: 10.1111/php.12415. Epub 2015 Jan 26. Low level light therapy modulates inflammatory mediators secreted by human annulus fibrosus cells during intervertebral disc degeneration in vitro. Hwang MH1, Shin JH, Kim KS, Yoo CM, Jo GE, Kim JH, Choi H. Author information: 1Department of Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Abstract Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVD) is one of the important causes of low back pain and is associated with inflammation induced by interaction between macrophages and the human annulus fibrosus (AF) cells. Low-level light therapy (LLLT) has been...

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Recent Studies

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Here is a list of 19 studies we found interesting in low level light therapies: Brain health, pre and post exercise benefits, osteoarthritis, bone density, dental health, leg ulcers, laser and LED similarities and more! 1: Dong T, Zhang Q, Hamblin MR, Wu MX. Low-level light in combination with metabolic modulators for effective therapy of injured brain. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2015 May 13. doi: 10.1038/jcbfm.2015.87. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25966949. 2: Ferraresi C, Dos Santos RV, Marques G, Zangrande M, Leonaldo R, Hamblin MR, Bagnato VS, Parizotto NA. Light-emitting diode therapy (LEDT) before matches prevents increase in creatine kinase with a light dose...

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Sporting Injuries and Light Therapy

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Remember that having a minimum of 500 diodes of light is a corner stone of a quality light energy therapy system.  Research at University of Colorado School of Medicine revealed that the powerful induction of nitric oxide through red and infrared light is dose dependent.  The more diodes the better the induction effects.  Benefits of 8% increase start at 60 diodes, 120 diodes was found to increase nitric oxide locally by 26%.  500 diodes have been shown to increase nitric oxide and circulation levels by 400-3000%.   Lasers typically have only 4-36 diodes. http://www.ehow.com/how_2048132_use-infrared-therapy-sporting-injuries.html...

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Tendon Healing and Infrared Light

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A brief illustration on how infrared light can impact tendon healing and inflammation http://www.ehow.com/way_5732693_effects-infrared-therapy-tendon-damage.html

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