Low level laser therapy
In November 2017 I spent 3 days on a course learning about low level laser therapy and its uses for horses. I am now qualified to use low level laser to treat horses and have been doing so with lots of success. There will be an album for case studies, But first a bit about LLLT, what it is and its uses.
Low Level Laser Therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is a non invasive treatment that helps to reduce pain and inflammation. It has been used for many years in the treatment of sports injuries for athletes and it is now being used to help horses that are suffering from injuries, pain or inflammation. It can inhibit or stimulate cells depending on the desired results.
The laser operates with a photochemical reaction, similar to photosynthesis. Using both laser and LED technology, wavelengths in the light stimulate the cells in the damaged area encouraging regeneration and natural healing. This process reduces inflammation and also provides pain relief.
The treatment is carried out in the animal's home environment, reducing the stress of travelling and enabling the horse to be more relaxed. The procedure is quick, simple and painless and the horse is usually unaware that any treatment is even being performed. The Equine Therapist will simply hold the head of the unit close to the area for treatment for a few minutes, and the light from the laser will penetrate the affected area. Once the laser therapy procedure is finished, the horse can return to it's normal routine.
The number and frequency of treatments will depend on the individual problem, but this will be discussed in advance of any treatment. The first treatment can take between 30-60 minutes depending on the situation.
Benefits of LLLT
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Promotes quicker tissue repair ideal for open wounds
- Encourages quicker healing of soft tissue injuries
- Helps heal ligament and tendon injuries, sprains and strains
- Improves arthritic conditions by reducing inflammation and easing pain
- It can assist the lymphatic system
- can help relieve mud fever
I will seek permission from your vet before carrying out any treatment in accordance with the Veterinary Act (1966).
It is preferrable that your horse is in its stable and settled before treatment. The horse also needs to be clean and dry.