Cold Laser for Equines

Cold Laser Therapy is extremely safe and has been approved by the FDA. It has been around for over 30 years with no reports of injury. Studies (over 4000 studies to date) have shown conclusively that cold laser or low level light therapy restores balance, energy, and oxygen to sicks cells without damaging or effecting healthy cells. This restoration in the body results in acceleration in healing and cell regeneration.

When Can a Cold Laser be Used?

In contrast to other therapies, cold laser therapy can be started at any time during the healing process. It is important to remember that the earlier cold laser therapy is a part of the rehabilitation and healing process, the better and more rapidly the benefits will occur.

What are the Benefits?

Cold laser therapy has been shown to offer a non-intrusive option to acupuncture and surgery, by supporting the natural healing process of the body. Therapeutic application to the body have shown results in a variety of ways:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Reduce swelling
  • Control inflammation
  • Myofascial pain
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Tendon/ligament injury
  • Bone healing
  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain
  • Lameness
  • Joint problems
  • Speed healing
  • Burns
  • Arthritis pain and inflammation

Hint: There are three stages of healing: inflammation, tissue repair and remodeling

Cold laser therapy has been shown to outperform ultrasound treatments and electrical stimulation therapy in enhancing the healing process. Overall studies have proven that cold laser therapy is the best treatment for reducing injury damage while increasing the strength of the tissue repaired during the course of treatment. If acceleration the healing process is the ultimate goal of the rehabilitation process, cold laser therapy will return the horse to full function quicker and with less discomfort.

Family Pet

Cold laser therapy can benefit the family dog as well. Some studies have been done on cats, and show beneficial results. Application of cold laser therapy on dogs have shown results in:

  • Superficial ear cuts
  • Arthritis
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Hard to heal wounds

Professionals and Equipment Used: Cold Laser Therapy is making its way into physical therapy and rehabilitation center programs. Although the actual treatment is simple, it is helpful to have a working knowledge of anatomy, muscle structures and acupuncture points.  Once you locate an experienced professional who works well with your horse or family pet, you’ll find that cold laser therapy is a valuable tool when dealing with a wide variety of injuries.

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