Muscle Deterioration Solutions

It’s not much of a surprise to learn that muscles grow weaker with age. This is often caused by the loss of muscle fibers—which is inevitable as one gets older—but people can slow down the loss of strength by increasing the size of muscle fibers. This is usually accomplished through progressive resistance and strength-training exercises such as lifting weights.

Some recent studies have found that when strength therapy is combined with laser therapy, muscle performance improves among older people, making it a valuable resource for bolstering strength gains.

On Muscle Deterioration

According to a study presented in a December 2020 issue of GeroScience, Loss of muscle size and strength can significantly increase the risks of medical conditions, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Frailty
  • Cognitive decline
  • Depression

Muscles are composed of thousands of muscle fibers connected to individual nerves. As aging occurs—sometimes as early as 25—inevitable nerve loss results in muscle fiber loss. A 20-year-old 800,000 muscle fibers in a particular leg muscle, but only 250,000 by the time they’re 60. For a 60-year-old to be as strong as someone a third their age, they’d have to have muscle fibers three times as strong.

To increase muscle strength, individuals must engage in regular resistance-based exercise—with lifting weights being one of the more common forms. Continued forceful resistance causes damage to muscle fibers manifesting as a “burning” sensation or soreness. Those fibers then heal more substantially than before.

Conversely, inactivity results in loss of muscle strength. A report appearing in the Scandanavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports suggests that a period of inactivity of just ten days could result in an 11% loss of muscle size.

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How Laser Therapy Can Assist Muscle Growth

To address the issue of gradual muscle loss and performance with aging, several studies have observed proven benefits in combining physical exercise and low-level laser therapy to enhance muscle performance.

One particular study published in Lasers in Medical Science (August 2016) sought to evaluate the effects of low-level laser therapy and strength training. Using a selection of a hundred older women divided into three groups, they compared results on muscle performance in a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Some received weight training with low-level laser therapy, others with the training but with a placebo laser treatment, and some with neither to function as the control group.

Using carefully selected exercise procedures and testing, they determined that low-level laser therapy, when combined with strength training, had a provable and significantly measurable effect on improving muscle performance.

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Beating Back Muscle Deterioration with Laser Therapy Services

It doesn’t matter what age you are.

Muscle deterioration can occur in a person’s twenties as well as in people much older. What’s important is keeping your muscles as strong as they can reasonably be.

Using scientifically-tested laser therapy, the team at Akridge Chiropractic wants to meet with you to determine how they can help you strengthen and encourage healthy muscle growth.

Akridge Chiropractic works hard to provide personalized, holistic healthcare. Every patient receives a complete neurological and physical examination to determine the best treatment options—including laser therapy.

Let the care at Akridge Chiropractic be the foundation of your treatment plan. Contact us today to learn more.