How can PBM enhance sports performance?
PBM (PhotoBioModulation) Therapy, also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and in modern times, named PBMT is a non-invasive treatment modality that involves the use of low-level-light wavelengths of red and infrared light (600-1000 nm) to stimulate cellular function, promote tissue repair and provide pain relief. PBMT has been shown to have several potential benefits for athletes such as enhancing sports performance and speed up recovery time from injuries.
One of the ways that PBMT can enhance sports performance is by reducing inflammation and promoting tissue repair. Inflammation and tissue damage are unfortunately quite common, especially after intense, strenuous exercise and competition. PBMT can reduce inflammation and promote wound healing by increasing blood flow and stimulating the production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which provides energy to cells.
Another way that PBM Therapy can enhance sports performance is by reducing muscle soreness and improving recovery time. After intense exercise, athletes often experience muscle soreness and fatigue which can impact their ability to train or compete at the highest level. PBMT has been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time by increasing the production of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and reducing oxidative stress, which can cause muscle damage.
PBMT may also help to improve mental focus and clarity and reduce stress which can be important for athletes during training and competition. PBMT has been shown to stimulate the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters that are associated with mood regulation and stress reduction.
Overall, PBMT has the potential to enhance sports performance by reducing inflammation, promoting tissue repair, reducing muscle soreness, improving recovery time, enhancing energy production and improving mental focus, clarity and reducing stress. However, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of PBMT on athletic performance and individual results may vary.