What is Cold Laser Therapy?
The word LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers DO NOT emit X-rays nor do they produce the damage of x-rays. The cold laser is also called soft laser to differentiate from hard lasers that are used in surgical procedures. The cold laser is a light or photon energy with the unique property of being able to penetrate two inches or more below the skin surface causing an increase in cellular metabolism without tissue damage. The cold laser produces healing benefits to treated tissue, without causing or producing heat. Cold laser therapy does not damage cells, but aides in the stimulation of cellular function aiding in healing. Cold laser therapy is safe and has been approved by the FDA.
What are the benefits?
Therapeutic applications which have shown promising results based on studies include:
Enhances Lymphatic Drainage
Releases Tight Muscles
Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains, tendonitis and hematomas
Neuropathy Musculoskeletal Pain
Wound Healing (Speeds Healing)
Pain relief as a result of increased endorphin release
Suppression of nociceptor action (pain suppression)
Strengthening the immune system response
Application For Horses
Veterinarians and Equine Practitioners have and continue to utilize low level laser therapy for:
To Reduce Swelling
And Speed Healing
And to treat conditions such as:
Acute Tissue Damage
Arthritis Pain and Inflammation
Joint Problems (Fetlock, Knee (carpus), Elbow, Hock, Stifle)
Cold Laser therapy can benefit the family dog as well. Some studies have been done on cats, and show beneficial results.
Application For Dogs
Veterinarians and Canine Practitioners have and continue to utilize low level laser therapy for:
Superficial ear cuts
Hip And Knee Pain
Hard To Heal Wounds
In my practice, I look at the whole animal. Every part of the body inter-connects with each other. One cannot treat just one part, the whole animal is treated. When doing a treatment, after the initial evaluation, the whole body is worked, making note of any area that is in need of extra attention. The cold laser is added to the treatment program to enhance the benefits of the body work, going deeper than merely my hands can obtain. The cold laser aids in taking a long treatment program and cutting the recovery time in half, benefiting the owner and the horse.
There are several cases on the race track where the cold laser has assisted in horses returning to their training schedule in a matter of weeks instead of months as before treatments were administered. I have read some studies recently of how the cold laser is being used as a form of warming the muscles before a race and used afterwards to aide in recovery after a hard work-out.
Every case is as different as the individual animal being worked on. Each animal responds differently to therapies or a combination of therapies. Every client is treated as a separate case, treating the horse or dog as a whole, based on the findings of the evaluation and any information the responds differently to therapies or a combination of therapies.