Photobiomodulation for Sport & Recovery
“Sports medicine will benefit from PBM because both professional and amateur athletes can better recover from intense exercise, and the process also aids training regimens.” – Michael Hamblin, PhD
Studies show that both red and near infra-red light therapy can powerfully repair muscle tissue and help athletes perform better. It also helps the body get more benefits from exercise, both in terms of muscle gain and fat loss.
Muscle tissue has more mitochondria than almost any other tissue or organ in the human body, therefore, muscle tissue is particularly responsive to PBM therapy.
Through their effect on ATP production and cellular healing mechanisms, red/NIR light helps individuals to recover more quickly from strenuous and resistance exercise, and even helps to prevent muscle fatigue DURING exercise.
Improve cognitive performance: One aspect of human health that PBM therapy almost always improves, is cognitive performance. It not only improves the metabolic pathways. It also enhances the health of mitochondria in the brain. Research has shown that transcranial near-infra-red stimulation has been found to increase neurocognitive function in young healthy adults, finding that it improved sustained attention and short-term memory retrieval in young adults, and improved memory in older adults with significant memory impairment at risk for cognitive decline. – Vargas, E. (2017)
Help Tendonitis: One of the most common uses for PBM therapy in clinics is for injuries and Tendonitis. Because red light stimulates Collagen production, speeds wound healing, and is highly anti-inflammatory, it has been shown to bring great relief to people suffering from Tendinopathy and Tendonitis. – Tumilty, S. (2010)
Decrease pain: PBM therapy has been remarkably effective in reducing join pain in virtually all areas of the body. Hundreds of clinical studies have shown that red light is beneficial in combating pain in the following conditions:
•Chronic neck pain - Kingsley, J. D (2014)
•Knee Pain H - Kingsley, J. D (2014)
•Lower back pain
•Chronic joint disorders
•Sacroiliac pain – Okuni, I. (2012)
•Tendinitis and myofascial pain
How does red and near-infrared light affect muscles?
Helps to promote the production of internal antioxidants by the cells, which prevents oxidative stress and damage to the muscle tissue (when light is applied beforeexercise) – Avni, D., et al. (2005)
Helps to reduce inflammation that will lead to cellular damage – Bjordal, J.M., (2006)
Pre-conditioning effect: by using the light prior to exercise, it creates a ’pre-conditioning’ effect where the muscle cells suffer less damage from the exercise, as well as displaying higher strength/stamina in subsequent exercise following the initial bout of exercise.
Red/NIR light increase the production of specific types of heat shock proteins that protect cells from oxidative damage, stress and apoptosis (early cell death) – De Almeida, et al (2012)
PBM therapy also enhances muscle growth as well as increasing strength significantly – Halliwell B (2000)
Red/NIR light also have the profound benefit of increasing mitochondrial adaptations and mitochondrial biogenesis (the creation of new mitochondria) following exercise – Sene-Fiorese, M. et al. (2015)
A study in 2009 looked at the use of PBM therapy in male athletes who performed 3 intense bouts of exercise on a stationary bike. The athletes who were given the therapy prior to exercise had significantly lower levels of Creatine kinase (a marker for muscle damage) compared to the placebo group -E. C. Leal Junior et al (2009)
Designed for Athletes
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Programmable and personalised: Operators are able to choose between Red or infrared in isolation, or a mixture of both.
Unlike others on the market, You can customise the irradiance between 11mw/cm2 and up to 23mw/cm2 (mark 1.5 bed). The Mitogen mark 2 bed, launching in 2020, will have 10 irradiance settings from 8mW/cm2 right up to 80mW/cm2; this will allow for session times from as little as 3 minutes right up to 25 minutes. The device also has a pulsed light feature of between 2.5hz and 10,000hz. These unique features make the MitoGen bed the best option for professionals as you are able to deliver more intense therapy in shorter periods.