Tuesday, February 01, 2011Craig Amrine, L.Ac. is the owner and operator of Hidden Rhythm Acupuncture, LLC and is a leading authority of Cold Laser Therapy in the Phoenix area. He can be reached through his website at www.HiddenRhythmAcupuncture.com
If you've followed my blog posts through the past year, you may have realized how truly versatile and effective Cold Laser Therapy can be for a wide variety of health problems. We've seen several cases and studies proving how cold-laser therapy can reduce inflammation, control thyroid problems, reduce pain, and accelerate tissue repair including skin, cartilage, and bone.
While we've already proven that Acupuncture can increase athletic performance, a recent study showed how cold laser therapy can increase athletic performance! The study highlighted in this article HERE
showed cold laser therapy treatments increased muscle strength. Specifically, 36 healthy men were divided into three groups. The first group (Control) did not exercise at all and received no laser treatment. The second group involved training in series of Leg-Press exercises over a series of 12 weeks. The third group involved the same Leg-Press training regime but also received cold-laser therapy on the quadriceps of both legs after each training session. Cold Laser therapy was done for 140 seconds at 808 nm and 360 mW power. Overall strength was measured both using a leg-press machine and an isokinetic dynamometry test.
The results were surprising!! The Group 2 involved in strength training only increased Leg-Press strength by 26% compared to the control group. No change was detectable in the isokinetic dynamometry test. Group 3 that received strength training AND cold-laser therapy after each session showed an amazing 55% increase in Leg-Press strength! Group 3 also showed a marked increase in strength according to the isokinetic dynamometry test.
These results are incredibly encouraging suggesting that cold-laser therapy is not just for the injured! Athletes take note! You now have a new safe and effective option for helping increase muscle performance!