A collection of light therapy research articles on the benefits of light therapy use for muscle regeneration.
NOTE: Researchers use several terms to describe “light therapy”. Photobiomodulation, low level light therapy (LLLT), phototherapy, photon therapy, photo energy, heliotherapy, and sometimes red, blue or (near) infrared radiation are synonymous; they all refer to light therapy.
Light therapy may help older individuals with muscle degeneration
Following muscle damage, older rats were subjected to light therapy and this procedure demonstrated to be effective for muscle regeneration. The researchers of this study concluded, and showed evidence, that this effect occurred directly through its anti-inflammatory effects.
Light therapy helps preserve muscle activity following nerve damage
In this study, part of the sciatic nerve was removed and the affected muscle area was observed for 30 days with the addition of light therapy. This area where the light therapy was applied, showed a significant reduction in muscle breakdown that would normally be observed following the innervation to the muscle. It was then concluded that light therapy would benefit by in the early stages of muscle atrophy, preserving the denervated muscle.
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