Faster Sports Injury Recovery at Robina Town Medical Centre
Are you a keen runner, cyclist, swimmer, gym lover or team sports enthusiast?
Want to find out how to recover faster from sports injuries, using a non-invasive treatment, with no side effects?
Introducing low level laser therapy
If you like keeping physically active you’ve probably suffered from a soft tissue injury. Low level laser therapy, cold laser or ‘LLLT’ as it is also known, is a scientifically proven and effective treatment for a wide range of sporting injuries, including soft tissue and muscular trauma.
High rates of effectiveness have been reported for injuries such as jumper’s knee, tennis elbow and achilles tendonitis, plus it has positive effects on exercise-induced muscle fatigue and improves post-exercise recovery.
LLLT and exercise therapy combined are more effective than exercise therapy alone, to improve pain and range of motion in patients with chronic neck and shoulder pain, and chronic heel pain from plantar fasciitis.
Low level laser therapy has been incorporated into treatment in Australian sports such cricket and AFL. Nick Maxwell (Victorian cricketer) has spoken on Channel Ten, endorsing the use of this revolutionary technology.
The problem with sports injuries
Trauma from sports injuries can cause damage to the cells that make up soft tissue. These damaged cells release chemicals that produce a natural inflammatory response in the body, resulting in redness, swelling, warmth and pain in the injured area. Persistent or recurrent inflammation can predispose athletes to early-onset arthritis or degenerative changes in their joints.
How does LLLT work?
Application of LLLT reduces short-term inflammation, accelerates pain relief, and boosts the metabolic activity of cells, all of which can help sports and fitness enthusiasts minimise downtime. It can also ignite the production of enzymes, increase vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, ATP synthesis, and elevate collagen formation to prevent scar tissue.
How safe is it?
LLLT can result in lasting pain relief and restoration of function. It has no known side effects. For extra security the laser is never shone directly into the eye (practitioners and patients wear goggles). Unlike pain medication which masks the pain, by treating the underlying cause of the injury, LLLT can provide a superior alternative to medications and other treatment options. It can reduce the need for surgery and has virtually no contraindications. It’s highly effective and non-invasive. Simply put, LLLT enables those with sports injuries to get out of pain faster and heal at the same time.
Why not book an appointment?
Why not book yourself a laser session at our Robina practice today by calling 07 5578 9000. Or you can get in touch with our laser clinic for more information.
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