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There Are So Many Uses for the Cold Laser!

Low Level Laser Therapy uses light at a wavelength that the cells of the body are receptive to. The light is absorbed and energy production is increased, speeding up the healing process,and increasing the quality of the repair.

Facial pain, trapped nerves, Achilles tendonitis, muscle fatigue, Lymphedema (also known as lymphatic obstruction, a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling), chronic low back pain, to name a few, have been treated successfully with LLLT/Cold Laser Therapy.

There have been many clinical trials proving the effectiveness of cold laser therapy. Neck pain and whiplash, normally difficult to successfully resolve due to the sensitivity of the area, has a positive outcome with LLLT, as does sciatica and pain felt under the shoulder blade. The evidence for Age Related Macular disease (AMD) and stroke is rapidly emerging, and clinical trials are planned for Parkinson`s and Alzheimer’s.

The wonderful thing about the laser is it can do no harm if used correctly. If you or your horse has pain or soreness at a horse show, ask me to use the cold laser on the painful area. At a CIC or CCI I often use the laser on all the joints of the horses’ legs before the jog and after cross country.

With Laser Therapy you can heal and relieve pain, heal muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, ease inflammation and swelling, treat wounds, and so much more!


Health and the Lymphatic System

Lymph fluid is a sticky substance that moves slowly through the vessels that carry both blood and lymph fluid from the tissues back to the bloodstream. The movement of lymph fluid depends on the contraction of muscles. The immune system and the lymphatic system are closely related and share several organ and physiological systems.  Lymph nodes make immune cells that help the body fight infection. Massage affects the immune system’s healthy function by improving lymph flow.

The lymphatic system is a major factor in the circulation of body fluids. When lymph fluid accumulates in tissue (when it is not being moved by the natural forces of breathing and muscle movement) adhesions can occur.

When a horse is on stall rest, lymphatic flow and drainage are impaired, as the muscles are sedentary. Massage can make a big difference in equine health at this time. Specific techniques consisting of slow strokes that help lymph fluid through the system are used in a gentle and rhythmic manner.

Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic facilitation is a style of massage specifically aimed at reducing traumatic swelling. This massage was formulated to create systemic changes for increasing lymph flow, circulation,  and moving edema caused by athletic injuries.

Lymphatic massage, is a gentle form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to improve metabolism, promote the removal of bodily toxins, and encourages a healthy immune system. It is thought that lymphatic massage can also help prevent scarring by enhancing circulation.

The circulatory system has two parts: cardiovascular and lymphatic. Lymph nodes are a part of the vascular network, which gives them an important role in fluid return: the lymphatic system works to return fluid from the body back to the heart. The cardiovascular system pumps blood out to all areas of the body.

Lymphatic massage is used only to treat edema resulting from soft tissue injury. These include sprains, strains, and hemotomas. (Edema caused by illnesses is not a part of sports massage.) Treatment of swelling with ice only addresses the cardiovascular side of the equation.


Is Your Horse Stocked Up?

When your horse is at a show, or spending a lot of time stabled, the legs might swell. The term “stagnation edema” fits, since horses that are out in pasture rarely develop this swelling. Older horses are much more prone to becoming stocked up. Since circulation is not as good in the hind legs, it often shows up only there.  Walking and hosing are useful, but there are also massage techniques that can be used to relieve this condition. This type of massage must be done with very light, soft hands in the direction of the heart.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the Cold Laser

The first cold laser therapy approved by the FDA (in 2002) was for carpal tunnel syndrome. The laser reduces the swelling and pain of CTS by targeting the lymphatic system, which balances fluid in the body.

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