Body Boost Bed in Sports Medicine represent full body application of Light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy to reduce muscle damage, pain, and atrophy, as well as to increase muscle mass, recovery, and athletic performance in sports medicine and rehabilitation programs.
According to the “Historical timeline of phototherapy” mentioned in the Handbook of Photomedicine, ﬁrst use of light therapy for sports injuries by Physiotherapists was at the Year 1983. This fact tells us that this form of therapy is not a novelty in the world of sports medicine.
Many years of research and application have enabled scientist to study and explain mechanism of the action of light therapy on the human body exposed to sporting efforts and injuries.
The success of scientific research was followed by the development of new and more modern devices that enabled more efficient and easier application of light therapy for medical treatment of sports injuries and difficulties caused by extreme efforts during sports competition and training.
Body Boost Bed, medically approved full body light therapy device, is extremely well designed for treatment of athletes in an efficient, comfortable, and safe way.
Therapy provided by Body Boost Bed, in the form of light-emitting diode therapy, is applied over human skeletal muscles before or after bouts of exercises in order to:
- Accelerate muscle recovery,
- Protect against muscle damage induced by exercise, and
- Improve performance, such as increasing muscle strength and fatigue resistance
With Body Boost Bed phototherapy device Physiotherapists and Sports Medicine Specialists can treat a wide variety of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and pain. The benefits of light therapy are that they reduce the discomfort of pain and inflammation while promoting blood flow and the body’s own tissue repair mechanisms.
These effects are also valuable in rehabilitation processes that involve exercise programs to recover from muscle lesions and can mitigate the adverse effects of orthopaedic surgical procedures, such as muscle weakness and atrophy, and accelerate the return to athletic sports or functional activity.
Regarding sports medicine, athletes and sportsmen will be benefited with a fast muscle recovery, a better gain in muscle mass, and improvement of muscle performance, without the use of any forbidden performance-enhancing drugs.
Mechanisms of action are based on the light absorption by chromophores in the cells, especially by cytochrome C oxidase (CCO) inside the mitochondria, triggering improvements in muscle recovery and performance. The absorption of the light (from LEDs) by CCO promotes modulations in cell metabolism altering the energetic state of the cells via increased mitochondrial membrane potential and increased synthesis of ATP and cyclic adenosine monophosphate, which in turn possibly modulate the synthesis rate of DNA and RNA via mitochondrial retrograde signalling. The effects of phototherapy on RNA synthesis in conjunction with the greater increase in muscle volume and performance, combined with reduction of muscle damage and delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) strongly suggest that several signalling pathways involved in cell proliferation and protein synthesis, energy metabolism, cytoprotection, inflammation, and oxidative stress were modulated by phototherapy resulting in macroscopic and functional benefits for human skeletal muscles.
Clinical trials as well as in vitro and preclinical animal studies have shown decreased levels of Creatine kinase (muscle damage) and DOMS, an increased load, resistance to muscle fatigue, more muscle ATP and glycogen synthesis, better oxidative stress defence, improved mitochondrial activity, and proliferation of muscle cells with the use of phototherapy that has generally been applied after exercises. Moreover, increases in ATP content in muscle cells and tissue, fatigue resistance, strength, oxidative stress defence, prevention of muscle damage, and improvement of the kinetics of oxygen consumption can also be elicited when phototherapy is applied to muscles before a single bout of exercise (muscular preconditioning). However, it seems there is an optimum time to apply phototherapy when used in a muscular preconditioning regimen as judged by increases in ATP synthesis in muscles, mitochondrial metabolism, and fatigue resistance that are maximal at some hours after light application.
Results reported in the scientific studies give as direction for the use of Body Boost Bed phototherapy device in clinical practice in the sports medicine and medical rehabilitation.