State of the Art Therapies to Ease Chronic Sports Pain

Sprains and Strain: Two Common Sports Injuries

Chronic pain from sports activity can be more problematic than mere discomfort to an athlete. The idea of “no pain, no gain” is a tired cliché no longer embraced by training circles. Too often, pain and the mismanagement of pain not only cause an athletes to hurt, it compromises their performance.

Techniques to deal with chronic pain helps athletes lead better lives and remove physiological restrictions that impair performance. Here are two state of the art ways professionals help an athlete deal with chronic pain:

Low Level Laser Technology

State of the Art Therapies to Ease Chronic Sports Pain

Low Level Laser Technology emits a supply of energy in an infrared range just intense enough to penetrate the skin. LLLT is an excellent method to help promote healing in sprains and tendonitis resulting from overuse.

As the tissue absorbs the low level laser, the nerve endings are calmed, which reduces pain. Using either a low powered laser or LED, the light wavelength is within a spectrum and has the intensity to enter both hard and soft tissue. It can be applied to both minor and more serious muscle and tendon injuries.

The body absorbs the energy as photons of light trigger muscle cell regeneration and speed healing. While it has proven immensely successful in as pain relief therapy for various types of arthritis, LLLT is frequently used to help athletes heal faster and get back in the game.

Active Release Techniques

Sports Therapy

Trained professionals can administer manual therapy for soft tissue sports injuries and relieve pain. The Active Release Technique addresses the physiology of muscle injuries. When soft tissue sustains damage, as is frequently the case in certain sports injuries, the muscles, nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue develop adhesions.

These adhesions cause abnormal muscle movement and can alter athletic performance. They can also produce chronic pain. Dr. Michael Leahy, a former aeronautical engineer with the U.S. Air Force, is credited with developing ART in 1984. The practice has been expanded by practitioners around the world as a way of successfully reducing scar tissue responsible altering muscle movement.

Flexibility in sports is essential, as altered motion can cause more damage. This is why many athletes will take time off to allow active release techniques to work. Most injuries require between 2 and 6 visits of 15 to 30 minute deep massage treatments to correct the tissue problem.

Sometimes, professional sports require players to work through pain. Fighting through pain may occasionally be necessary, but when an athlete is at risk of worsening an injury, it can end a career. Laser technology and active release have proven results that reduce the level of chronic pain in both professional and amateur athletes. The techniques also help them heal quicker from the injuries causing the pain.

Promedx Sports Injury & Wellness Center can apply these and other therapy techniques to help athletes deal with chronic pain in sports. You can contact us at (905) 882-7688, or via email at