Aging. It happens to everyone. There's no stopping it...or is there?
When we hit our 30s we start being bombarded by advertisements for anti-aging potions, treatments, and even surgeries.
At Advantage Therapy Solutions we can't stop you from aging, but we can help you look and feel younger! Don't believe light can do that? Look at the research:
This is the big one, isn't it? As we age, collagen and elastin production slows, causing wrinkles, decreased firmness, and thinning skin. In several studies, phototherapy has been shown to boost collagen and elastin production in the skin.
In one double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, patients with facial wrinkles were treated with LED light therapy or a sham treatment, on the right half of their faces, twice a week for four weeks. Doctors then evaluated the skin and found statistically significant reduction in wrinkles and increase of skin elasticity on the treated sides of the patients' faces. Biopsied skin showed increased collagen and elastin fibers.
Metabolism can slow as we age, leading to the dreaded "middle age spread". While we can't guarantee weight loss through phototherapy alone, when paired with exercise it can have amazing benefits!
A February 2018 study found that adding phototherapy to an exercise regimen is associated with increased weight loss in obese women. Researchers studied 49 women with a BMI of between 30 and 40. One group performed an exercise regimen and received post exercise phototherapy 3 times a week for four weeks. The control group performed the same exercise regimen and received a sham treatment. RESULTS: Researchers found that both groups saw improvements in body mass, BMI, body fat mass, lean mass, visceral fat, waist circumference, insulin, HOMA-IR, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, and ANP. However, they found a higher magnitude change in the fat mass, insulin, HOMA-IR, and FGF-21 variables in the phototherapy group. The phototherapy group was the only group to see reduction in interleukin-6 (an inflammatory cytokine) and an increase in WNT5 signaling (associated with fat browning).
Weight/fat loss study can be found HERE.
Athletic performance can decline as we age. You may feel more soreness after exercise, and doing the same activities may no longer produce results.
Phototherapy increases muscle thickness, maximum load for leg press, muscle hypertrophy, number or repetitions, and maximum torque. This is interesting because acute results for pre-exercise PBM were a lot more compelling than acute results for post-exercise PBM. With chronic use, it didn't matter whether researchers used PBM before or after exercise, the results were about the same.
You can read that large meta-analysis study HERE.
ACHES AND PAINS-
Do those old college injuries ever come back to haunt you? Does your elbow ache whenever you play tennis? Phototherapy can help.
There are countless studies proving that phototherapy helps heal and relieve pain of old and chronic injuries. When paired with eccentric exercises, patients in one study with chronic achilles tendinopathy recovered 8 weeks faster than patents who only did the exercises. Another study showed that patients who received phototherapy for tennis elbow had long term functional and pain relief benefits from treatment compared to the control group. There are hundreds of these studies. Show me an achy, creaky, or chronically inflamed area, and I'll show you a proven treatment plan!
As we age, changes in the brain lead to cognitive decline. Do you ever walk into a room and forget what you came for? (Please tell me it's not just me!)
Phototherapy improves neurogenesis, while decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. It should come as no surprise, then, that phototherapy improves cognitive function. In 2013, neuroscience researchers at the University of Texas at Austin administered transcranial infrared laser phototherapy to healthy subjects to see if it would improve their cognitive function. In this randomized, placebo- controlled study, researchers found that phototherapy improved reaction time, memory, and emotional functions in their test subjects.
Read an incredible study on phototherapy and the brain HERE.
No magic cream, pill, or treatment can offer you the anti-aging benefits that phototherapy can. Phototherapy helps you not only look younger, but feel younger too! Call us for a free consultation today to get started with this remarkable treatment! (252)689-8729