How Laser Therapy can help athletes prepare, perform and recover

Date Posted:16 May 2015 

This weekend, across Australia sportspeople of all levels will compete. From the pinnacle of the A-League Soccer Finals to weekend rugby team or fitness fanatics, bodies will limber up for action.

An athlete, whether professional or amateur, can push their body to the limit – breaking through pain and energy barriers each time they compete. Whenever an athlete puts stress on the body the risk of injury or stress on muscles, ligaments and tendons is significantly increased.

Injury prevention and post-sport recovery are key strategies. Low level laser therapy is now widely used by professional sportspeople around the world to give them a competitive edge, by preventing tissue damage and promoting faster healing when it occurs.

When injury happens, an athlete has a single goal – to recover and get back in the game. Low Level Laser Therapy promotes natural regeneration of stressed tissues, re-energising the body at the cellular level. 

Before competition, low level laser therapy helps by:

 

  • Improved flexibility of muscles and tendons
  • Enhanced lymphatic flow to drain cellular waste
  • Increased circulation, carrying oxygen throughout the body
  • Improved joint movement, promoting great mobility and functionality

For post-performance recovery, laser therapy works to

 

  • Increase production of endorphins for reduction in pain
  • Increase rate of cellular growth and repair
  • Reduces fibrous tissue formation around injured areas
  • Stimulates tissue healing

Athletes can benefit from laser therapy long after competition to support healthy living and rehabilitation post injury or surgery. LLLT provides relief of muscle spasms and soreness, reduced swelling, faster wound healing, less joint stiffness, and most significantly, less pain.

Unlike medication or ice to numb the pain, low level laser light penetrates deeply, targeting the site of pain, promoting healing at the source.

It’s no wonder more athletes and weekend warriors are turning to this non-invasive and often more effective way to prepare, perform and recover during the sporting season.