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Baltimore athletes use red light therapy to improve athletic performance and recovery speed.

Red Light Therapy Enhances Athletic Performance and Recovery

Whether you’re a boxer, dancer, runner, lifter, or enjoy other recreational or professional sports, red light therapy can keep you in tip top shape for performing and feeling your best. Red light therapy is gaining popularity in the athletic world as a tool for performance enhancement and injury recovery. This therapy has been shown to help increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and improve the body’s ability to produce ATP – the molecule that powers our cells. As a result, it is increasingly being used by athletes to improve their performance and speed up their recovery time. NFL teams have been known to use red light therapy to keep their football players healthy and ready to play.

How it works

One of the primary benefits of red light therapy for athletes is its ability to improve circulation. During a session, red and near-infrared light waves penetrate the skin and stimulate the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a molecule that helps to dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the muscles and improving oxygenation. This increased blood flow can help athletes perform better during training and competitions by providing their muscles with more oxygen and nutrients, resulting in improved endurance and strength.

Another way that red light therapy can benefit athletes is by reducing inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response that occurs when the body is injured, and it can cause pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion. Red light therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation and muscle damage by decreasing the production of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. This can help athletes recover more quickly from injuries and get back to training and competing faster.

Red light therapy also stimulates the production of ATP in the body. ATP is the molecule that powers our cells, and it is essential for muscle function and recovery. By increasing ATP production, red light therapy can help athletes recover more quickly from workouts and competitions, reducing soreness and fatigue.

Studies have shown that red light therapy can also help athletes recover from injuries faster. In one study, athletes who received red light therapy for knee injuries experienced a significant reduction in pain and inflammation compared to those who did not receive the therapy. Additionally, those who received red light therapy were able to return to their sport more quickly than those who did not.

Overall, red light therapy is a safe and effective way for athletes to improve their performance and speed up their recovery time. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, red light therapy can help you reach your fitness goals and recover more quickly from injuries. If you are interested in trying red light therapy, be sure to call a qualified professional at New Beginnings Baltimore. We can help you design a customized treatment plan that meets your individual needs. With the right approach, red light therapy can be a valuable tool in your athletic training and recovery arsenal.

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