Many people enjoy the feeling and benefits of working out — but did you know that using light therapy in your workout routine can ramp up your results?
We know that feeling the next day after a challenging workout. But if you’re waking up the next day and can barely move, that’s not ideal. And no one likes post-workout pain and soreness.
If anything, the pain we feel after the workout usually has us avoiding any physical activity for a couple of days until the soreness subsides. Getting up from bed hurts; sitting down is painful — you get the picture. Now, why does this pain happen after a workout?
When our muscles are pushed to work harder than usual, it causes microscopic damage to the muscle fibers, resulting in soreness and stiffness. Of course, after the soreness goes away, your muscles feel stronger and more capable. Experts refer to this muscle discomfort as delayed onset muscle recovery (DOMS).
This is a natural part of the muscle recovery process and is a common effect of strength exercises, jumping, aerobics, and downhill running. However, don’t be mistaken: more DOMS does not mean you’ll receive better results. Usually, DOMS can be counterproductive as you may skip a couple of workouts due to the pain, or you may have too much inflammation occurring in the body.
So — how can you reduce post-workout soreness?
How red light therapy helps in muscle soreness recovery
Professional athletes have been incorporating red light therapy into their post-workout recovery treatment for years ahead of the game.
Red light therapy works by exposing the skin to red or near-infrared light through a red light therapy device such as Lumaflex. Light penetrates through the skin, entering the mitochondria, also known as the powerhouse of the cells where energy is created. The cells within the mitochondria are then stimulated via red light.
When cells are stimulated, they produce more ATP (adenosine triphosphate), aiding in transferring energy throughout your body. The increased production of ATP allows your body’s cells to repair themselves and produce new ones at a quicker speed. Thus, reducing the workout recovery period and accelerating the muscle repair process. As a result, red light therapy will reduce inflammation, relieve pain (Baroni, 2010), and enhance your athletic performance (Ferraresi, 2011).
How to use light therapy in your workout routine: a step-by-step guide.
Now that you know how red light therapy affects your body on the cellular level, the next thing to learn is how to use the Lumaflex red light therapy device. The significant part of red light therapy is that you don’t need to invest hours in treating yourself, nor do you have to go to a physiotherapist to receive this treatment. Treating yourself can be done at home, at the gym, or work — wherever and whenever you want.
The Lumaflex red light therapy device is the first and only FDA-approved fully flexible red light therapy device that you can use before, during, and after a workout or training session.
You wrap the device around the desired area and press the “on” button. Yes, it’s that easy. It’s preprogrammed to deliver you 10 minutes of red light therapy treatment anywhere you are. And yes, 10 minutes is all you need to receive the benefits of red light therapy.
Whether you’re looking to boost your performance through accelerated muscle recovery or treat muscle and joint injuries and chronic pain, the Lumaflex pad will deliver you the treatment your body needs.
Within weeks, you’ll be able to see the difference that 10 minutes of red light therapy can do to the body. In addition, the Lumaflex is 100% waterproof and portable, so if you’re sweaty after an intense workout, don’t worry. Lumaflex can handle it.
For a non-invasive and non-pharmacological approach to enhancing your performance, reducing pain, and accelerating the muscle recovery period, Lumaflex red light therapy is the solution you have been waiting for.