Cold lasers promote healing through a photosynthesis process. Cold lasers induce a complicated chain of physiological reactions within damaged cells, which respond more to the photosynthesis process than do healthy cells. Essentially, the cold laser is stimulating that photosynthetic response in the damaged cells, inducing them to rebuild tissue or reduce pain and inflammation.
I have addressed the issue of muscle fatigue often on this blog. What if there was a simple effective method not only to treat muscles after exercise, but also beforehand, to prevent excessive buildup of serum lactate and creatine kinase (CK), which lead to muscle fatigue? A randomized trial published in the Jan. 23 issue of Photomedicine and Laser Surgery found that low level laser therapy might be the solution to treating debilitating muscle fatigue in athletes.
The researchers concluded: “Laser application either before or after fatigue reduced the post-fatigue concentrations of serum lactate and CK. The results were more pronounced in the post-fatigue laser group.”
Based on this research, it would appear that low level laser therapy can be a valuable addition to any massage treatment regimen to reduce muscle fatigue for those animal or human clients who regularly exercise or participate in sports.