Phototherapy and The Game

Robbie Adams November 25 2017

“Getting Back Into The Game.”

As the 105th Grey Cup fever begins along with the pre-game festivities before the kickoff, both sides prepare to square off as gladiators of old on this field of dreams to determine who will be crowned Canadian “king” of the Gridiron Gangs.

Win or lose, with each passing season, there are injuries. Some injuries are minor, while others are severe. Welcome to the world of full-contact professional football. (It’s not all glamour and cheer.)

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“Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football.”

~Roger Staubach


NFL and CFL Offensive linemen are unique, even when compared to other professional athletes. Usually the biggest players on the field, their position demands that they’re both powerhouses of strength, yet agile, possessing quick footwork.

Professional Offensive linemen stick together, especially after loaded work days and misaligned lower backs.  The sheer amount of stress and load these particular players go through each week is simply shocking at times. This takes a toll on the body; even still, they must be “game ready” on Sunday afternoon. So how do they prepare for this? How do they prepare for the “inevitable” (read: injuries) in professional sports professional football, in particular?


If you were part of the Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line, then you would throw a “party” every Thursday night for one hour. No more, no less and make it tradition, like Apple Pie on Thanksgiving Day. The tradition started with former Steelers linemen Chris Kemoeatu and continues to this day.

This is not an ordinary party. These hulking giants, standing 6’7″ and above, weighing in at an excess of 285 pounds, go all out. From hiring a barber, a chiropractor and the occasional masseuse, they all set up inside one of the player’s homes  where they can get a fade, old-fashioned shave by a barber, help with their alignment and deep tissue work to sooth pain, bruises and injuries sustained  the week before… All in one hour of “guy time, spa time”.

Football Party

“The key thing with any football player is, what can he do when he gets on the field.”

~Shaun Alexander
The chiropractic work happens in the basement while “Thursday Night Football” plays on the big screen. The barber works out of the player’s kitchen for easy clean up, and some quick snacks are also in tow. Food is a big part of these “spa” days. With a combined weight hovering over 2000 lbs., these players can get very hungry, indeed. Young players are required to bring the food. (Capital Grille steaks or Chipotle are among their favorites.)

The chiropractor also provides Cold Laser Therapy to promote recovery, safely and drug-free.  Laser therapy is the use of light from a Low Intensity Laser Diode or an array of Superluminous Diodes to eliminate pain, accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. LLLT is also known as ‘cold laser’, ‘low intensity laser therapy’ or ‘photobiomodulation’.

Laser therapy does not heat or cut tissue, unlike high intensity lasers. Many pharmacological treatments mask pain alone, treating symptoms rather than the underlying cause; laser therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing at the cellular level.

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“The key thing with any football player is, what can he do when he gets on the field.”

~Shaun Alexander

The true success of any CFL or NFL team falls on the ‘backs’ of the Offensive and Defensive lines. It’s trench warfare (as far as professional sports go), and you have to take care of your frontline gladiators. The Pittsburgh Steelers are doing this… In style… The only way the “Steel Curtain” can.

Steelers fan

Laser Therapy for pain is effective, and BioFlex Laser Therapy (a form of Low Level Laser Therapy [LLLT], also known as ‘Cold Laser Therapy’ or ‘Phototherapy’) is approved by Health Canada, UL, CE and the FDA to treat many conditions, from sports and soft tissue injuries, to contusions and wound-healing. (*Please contact us for a list of approved indications for use, as applicable in your region.) BioFlex Laser Therapy promotes healing at the cellular level. It reduces inflammation and relieves pain.

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