How Laser Therapy Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Do you make New Year’s resolutions to improve your health, but end up breaking them within just a few weeks? You’re not alone! Nearly half of everyone who makes New Year’s resolutions say they want to lose weight or get in shape, but about 80 percent of all New Year’s resolutions fail—often by the second week of February. Fortunately, laser therapy can help you keep your resolutions for better health this year and for a lifetime.
Physical activity is one of the best ways to get in shape and lose weight, but exercising and playing sports can lead to injuries, particularly if you are not accustomed to moving around or if you are adding to an already strenuous workout. Many of these injuries are the result of overuse injuries, which can happen when you bite off more than you can chew or when you use improper form while working out. Others are the result of repetitive motions.
Overdoing it in the gym, on home exercise equipment, or on the sports field can cause musculoskeletal injuries in almost any part of your body. Overuse injuries can slow you down as you try to achieve your resolutions. In some cases, injuries can even cause you to get further from your fitness goals while you recover from your injuries. The good news is that laser therapy can help promote healing from overuse injuries to help you get back on track towards achieving your New Year’s resolutions. Laser therapy can even help prevent these injuries.
About Laser Therapy
Also known as photobiomodulation therapy, laser therapy utilizes a device that emits concentrated beams of red and near infra-red light that penetrates deep into body tissue. The therapy stimulates the mitochondria, which is the part of a body cell that produces energy for the cell. The extra energy produced by the mitochondria helps improve circulation in the treated area, decrease inflammation that causes pain, and reduce the level of harmful free radicals that can further damage cells and tissues. The effects of the non-invasive laser therapy can ease pain and speed healing to get you on your feet and back on track towards your New Year’s resolutions.
Laser therapy is also a non-pharmacological treatment for pain. Most pain relievers mask pain rather than treat its underlying cause; laser therapy treats pain at the source, and promotes the body’s own natural healing process. Laser treatments are also generally painless, so you never have to dread therapy sessions. Furthermore, you can get back to your regular exercise routine right away, with no downtime.
How Laser Therapy Helps You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
Whether you are looking to embrace self-care in 2021 or you want to stick to your workout routine, laser therapy can help you keep your resolutions by addressing the musculoskeletal problems that cause injuries.
Laser therapy can help alleviate the underlying cause of plantar fasciitis, for example, which causes foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects about one in every ten people, and is especially common in runners and walkers. It affects the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes on the bottom of your foot, causing pain and inflammation that makes it hard to stand and walk enough to exercise. Laser therapy eases the pain of plantar fasciitis so you can get back on your feet again.
Laser therapy can ease pain and promote healing in other types of overuse injuries. It can help with subacromial impingement syndrome for example. This condition, also known as “swimmers shoulder,” affects the group of muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff that keeps your upper arm bone in the shoulder socket. Specifically, it affects the tendon that runs from your upper arm to the tip of your shoulder. The action of lifting your arm over your head, as in a swimming stroke, causes the tendon to rub against the shoulder blade. Doing the action repeatedly causes inflammation of the tendon and other tissues of the shoulder, which can make it painful to reach behind your back or raise your arm above your head.
Using laser light is helpful because it can promote healing in large and rounded areas, such as the shoulder cuff, as well in small, flat areas like the feet. This treatment approach is a helpful addition to physical therapy, and can speed healing from surgery to correct sports injuries. Using laser therapy can also help you get more out of any support devices, such as braces and inserts, you might use while exercising.
Laser therapy can also be part of a wellness plan to prevent overuse injuries, and to promote the beneficial effects of exercise. This means it can help you continue working towards your New Year’s resolution.
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