‘Cold Laser’

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been used worldwide for over 40 years to relieve pain, remove scars, heal wounds, regenerate nerves and solve addictions. On January 17th, 2002, the first U.S. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) company, Erchonia, the laser you’re being treated with, received FDA clearance through clinical trial. The study took 100 patients complaining of Neck and Shoulder pain. Half were treated with a useless red light (placebo group), similar to that on a computer mouse or grocery check-out, and the other half received LLLT. The treatment group beat the placebo group by 66%! That’s 66% faster relief and more complete relief, a remarkable margin. Such a study is known as “double blind” research, and is the gold standard for measuring the validity of a therapy. Similar studies have been passed by the FDA for Carpal Tunnel, Wounds and Scar Tissue. There are over 2000 published studies on LLLT reporting zero negative side effects.

“What does this thing do again?”
In a nutshell, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) causes tissues to heal faster – muscle, skin and nerve – 66% faster according to the above FDA study. Specifically, LLLT works at the cell level. Human cells produce a chemical known as ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) to run the body and heal tissue. All of our body’s activities result from the use of ATP, it’s like gasoline to a car. LLLT stimulates a micro-structure within the cells called the mitochondria (nicknamed the “powerhouse” because it produces ATP) to produce slightly higher amounts of ATP. Thus with more ATP at the cell level, tissues heal faster, and therefore relief comes quicker.

Conditions and Symptoms
As is true of many of the therapies performed at Capital Sports Injury Center, you may receive alternative benefits to being treated, in addition to what you wanted fixed in the first place. This is because the ATP being produced is “systemic”, meaning although we’re focusing the laser on a particular area; the ATP is ultimately being sent throughout your entire body. The list of symptoms responding to LLLT is growing, and more valid research is being performed on a daily basis.

Carpal Tunnel
Sports Injuries
Scars and Scar Tissue
Addictions behavior such as overeating and smoking
Acute and Chronic Pain
Neck & Back Pain
Headaches & Migraines
Nerve & Disc Pain
Sports Injuries

Number of Treatments Needed
At Capital Sports Injury Center with offices in Silver Spring, Cleveland Park, and Georgetown, we recommend the following:

4-12 treatments are necessary to begin the healing process of tissue, although in some cases relief can begin immediately.
Maximum treatment would be 1x per day per area, minimum would be 1x per week to still see results.
Multiple areas of complaint may be treated.
This treatment cycle may need to be repeated, and eventually spread out.

Golf Fitness: Core

Golf Fitness: Core

In golf injury prevention and fitness, the core is the most important area.
But what is the core? The core is made up of the muscle groups in the front (Rectus abdominus (abs)), the side (Obliques), the back (Erector spinae), the buttocks and the hamstings.

The twisting motion of your core is known as torque. This type of torque puts great strees on the lower back (Lumbar spine) area. Before starting a core exercise program, learn how to do the the abdominal brace.

You can use the abdominal brace in these exercises and in your swing itself:

Plank:With your toes or knees on the ground, extend your body to its full length and rest either on your palms or forearms, holding your body straight while flexing your abs and glutes. Hold for between 15 to 60 seconds. Do at least 3 sets.

Side bridge: On your knees or on the side of your foot, place your elbow on the ground and make your body straight, flexing your abs and buttocks. Hold for between 15 to 60 seconds. Do at least three sets.

All fours: On all fours (knees and palms) with your knees and hands slightly farther from each other than your shoulders and hips. Extend your arms and legs one at a time or, if your balance is good enough, opposite arms and legs at the same time. Extend your limbs fully when you do this. Once again hold for 10+ seconds and do 3 sets.

These exercises over the course of one or two months result in massive gains in distance and accuracy in your shots.

Activating Your Transverse Abdominal/Abdominal Brace


An abdominal brace is performed by contracting the abs, lower back and buttock  muscles at the same time. This is how it’s done.

Stand upright and place one hand over the small of your back and one hand on your abs.
Bend forward and feel your lower back muscles contract.
Return to upright posture and feel the muscles relax.
Without bending forward, flex your abs and buttock.  You will feel the lower back contract  when you do this.
Another way to feel the brace is to blow out  as if extinguishing a candle, you will feel the contraction in all 3 of the muscle groups.

When all of these muscles work together,  a super stiffness occurs, causing them to stabilize and protect the spine and discs. This procedure is very important to do before activities requiring core stability, such as bending, twisting, running, jumping, kicking or punching. Basically, just sucking in your belly is not enough. Unless it is absolutely necessary,  do not hold your breath during the exercise.

Proper Standing Posture

Not only is standing with proper posture more healthy in the long run, it will also help you maintain strength and energy, making you able to work (or play) longer and more effectively.

When standing, it’s important to be balanced. The keys to being balanced are as follows:

  1. Point toes straight ahead with feet parallel and slightly staggered, a few inches inside shoulder width.
  2. Draw in buttock and stomach.
  3. Push the chest out and the shoulders back, with a straight head, extending neck up but not tensing it.
  4. Keep knees slightly bent.

It is most important that your spine is in the natural “S” curve, a natural and at ease position.

When standing, watch for these common mistakes:

proper spinal curviture

Proper spinal curvature.

  1. A tilted, protruding, or retracted head.
  2. Rounded shoulders or upper back.
  3. An arched lower back.
  4. A sagging stomach or protruding buttock.
  5. Locked knees.

In order to maintain the correct position these are key steps:

  1. Keep your head directly over your shoulders and pelvis.
  2. Prop one foot up on a box if you are standing in one place for an extended period of time, alternating feet every 20 minutes.
  3. Bend your knees only a little bit.
  4. Take breaks whenever possible.
  5. Make sure your muscles are not held rigid.

A side note…
These postural improvements may feel strange at first, but you will soon enjoy the adjustments and reap the benefits of them.

Important for strength and energy, these improvements to posture are crucial. Don’t slack!