Treating Sports Injuries with Light Therapy
Sport is an area where injuries are never uncommon and very often seen. Physiotherapy, medications and chiropractic treatments can help the sports people recover. But, at certain times, the injuries and pain are beyond these treatments as they take a very long time to heal. Especially, when the injuries are related to muscle groups, as muscle groups are expected to produce more stamina in lesser hours leading to chronic and acute conditions. Here is how light therapy can help in dealing with sports injuries.
Red Light Therapy
Red light helps in treating pain and accelerating healing in a non-invasive way. The wavelength of the red light makes it better suited for treating burns, muscle aches, sports injuries, and joint pain. In the initial years, light therapy cost a lot, because the power and mechanism involved were heavily priced. Recent technology has made sure that the battery efficacy has improved, and the red light therapy can be used by all.
How it works?
This therapy is called the photogenic therapy, and the body cells are capable of transforming into energy that can be used. Mitochondria is the cell’s part that is responsible for generating protein, collagen, and healing materials, in short, takes care of all activities of the cell. These mitochondrial activities are accelerated with the light therapy, which means the sports injuries can be healed faster, letting the sports people enjoy a shorter period of break and get back to the workouts soon.
What is expected?
When light therapy is used, there are a few signals that the brain receives. Endorphins are released as a result along with serotonin. The former is the natural painkiller produced by the body while the latter is responsible for keeping one happy. So, as a consequence of the light therapy, there are multiple benefits that any patient can get-
- Reduced pain and inflammation
- Immune system is boosted
- Cell regeneration is speed up
- Circulation of blood is boosted
- Muscles are relaxed
- Lymphatic activity is increased
- Collagen production is encouraged
- Serotonin levels are controlled
- Antiviral properties are improved in the body
When taken a note, it can be easily found that all these reactions give way only to clear off the injuries, and let one enjoy getting back to his or her work. For instance, increased blood flow can only ensure the healing process is faster. Relaxed muscles too are required for achieving the same result. Not only injuries to the muscles, but wounds on the skin are healed faster, thanks to the boosted immune power by light therapy.
The treatment holds good for various ailments too which include-
- Joint pain
- Cold and cough
- Open cuts and wounds
- Immune system ailments
- Back pain
- Edema and various other disorders
There are also chances that the sleep quality of the person getting the treatment is highly improved. With improved energy production, the overall health is also benefited and fortified. This means performance is heightened in the sports people, apart from the injuries being treated. The entire skeleton-muscular system becomes stronger. Moreover, there are no known side effects of light therapy as it does not involve any drugs and is a noninvasive form of treatment.