Whether you’re a pro athlete or a weekend warrior, intense workouts can mean muscle soreness, fatigue, and even pain and inflammation at times. All of these symptoms can prevent you from working out, or can lead to injuries if you push your body beyond its limits. At Avanti Body in Vacaville, CA, we want you to know about the benefits of red light therapy and muscle recovery!
As you may have noticed, red light is becoming popular in many gyms—but the Avanti Body System is unique in that it can configure to your body and allow for comfortable relaxation while it rejuvenates muscles, decreases inflammation, and produces an overall renewed feeling.
Red Light Therapy and Muscle Recovery
Many pro athletes and trainers all over the world have made red light therapy an integral component of their workout regimens. And there’s an extensive amount of evidence-based research showing that red light therapy prevents the onset of muscle soreness, pain, inflammation, and fatigue post-workout, and enhances muscle recovery and growth. All of this adds up to fewer injuries and overall enhanced athletic performance.
How Does it Work?
According to research conducted by Dr. Harry Whelan an associate professor of clinical lab sciences, Janis Eells, red and near-infrared light stimulates cytochrome oxidase. This is an enzyme in our cells that tells our mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP provides the fuel that each cell needs to carry out all of its functions, including regeneration and healing. A 2012 study states that since “muscle cells are exceptionally rich in mitochondria, this suggests that LLLT [Low Level Light Therapy—another name for red light therapy] should be highly beneficial in muscle injuries.”
Natural red and near-infrared light also increases antioxidant activity in the body. Antioxidants are molecules that help protect cells from damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radical production and antioxidants. This leads to the deterioration of cells. So as red light therapy penetrates the skin and stimulates antioxidants, it plays a key role in reducing the oxidative stress that comes with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Studies have also shown increased circulation after light therapy. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues (including muscles), which are important for healing. Increased circulation also means that more toxins are being removed from muscle tissue.
The Avanti Body System
As you can see, when it comes to red light therapy and muscle recovery, there are countless benefits. Call Avanti Body in Vacaville, CA today to schedule an appointment. Find out what red light therapy can do for your muscle recovery time and athletic performance!