Cold-Laser

 

We incorporate a Class 3B Cold Laser into your horses session plan depending on its specific need(s). We use the Cold Laser for various applications and have three (3) different probes. One for general muscle / large area work, one for point work and one for acupuncture applications. Many horses do not like the acupuncture needles; hence, we use a specific laser probe instead resulting in very effective needle free acupuncture sessions (and eliminate the risk of infection).

 

Which Cold Laser we use.

 

We use the Luminex Vet Class 3B Cold Laser manufactured by Respond Systems, Inc. It is called a Class 3 Cold Laser since it does not generate heat. Class 4 lasers do generate heat and can be harmful to the tissue if not used correctly. We do not have to worry about this with the Class 3 Cold Laser and achieve the same powerful results. Our Cold Laser comes with an eight (8) laser diode super pulsed 500mWatt probe head generating a 904 nm wave length (GaAS laser) and also a one (1) Watt probe head generating a 808 nm wave length (GaAlAs laser) both as pulsed or continues wave. 

 

Why do we use this specific Cold Laser?

 

The wavelength is a specific energy that is delivered to the tissue. Literature research has shown that the GaAS laser at a 904nm wavelength is the better choice for the treatment of deeper problems such as sport injuries and that it has a greater effect on postoperative pain and swelling as compared to other wavelengths. The GaAlAs Cold Lasers are generally the best choice for tendinitis but is also used for reducing pain and oedema and have proven to be advantageous in physiotherapy. The Cold Lasers wavelength penetrates several centimeters deep into the muscle and soft tissues and gets excellent results in both soft tissue healing and maintenance of muscles for the equine athlete.

 

How does it work (in a nutshell)?

 

The body absorbs the lasers energy and biostimulation takes place. Treatment is not based on heat development but on photochemical and photobiological effects in cells and tissue, which lead to faster healing and pain relief. The laser stimulates the body to release its own pain relieving chemical compounds.

 

Applications for your horse: 

 

  • Tissue Repair

  • Muscle tension and tears

  • Trauma and bruising

  • Arthritis

  • Tendon and ligament tears

  • Wound healing – Improved vascular and increased metabolic activity

  • Trigger Points

  • Acupressure / Acupuncture Points

  • Immunoregulation – stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes

 

 

References:

  1. Laser Phototherapy - Clinical Practice and Scientific Background. 2014. Hode, L., Tuner, J., Prima Books AB, Sweden.

  2. www.respondsystems.com

 

 

Cold-Laser is not a substitute for proper veterinary medical care, but rather serves as a compliment. If your horse is ill or injured, seek appropriate medical attention from a qualified veterinary practitioner.

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