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Tissue Absorbs Light

For centuries, light has been used to heal. Ancient Egyptians constructed solariums to treat various conditions.  Light has powerful medical benefits, and with recent technologies evolving rapidly, we are capable of using light to target specific light-absorbing molecules to treat select tissues.

Low Level Laser Therapy administers an exact wavelength, or color of light, in a coherent manner. Coherence is an important characteristic for maximizing the depth of light penetration. This is key, as a specific dose (or energy) of light is required to trigger a biological response.

Although the exact mechanism remains elusive, studies have made tremendous progress to understand how LLLT alters cell function and, in turn, treats certain medical conditions. In order for laser therapy to modulate cellular behavior, light energy must first be absorbed.

Concurrently, the red wavelength (635 nm) is used to activate immune cells and increase circulation, steps that reinforce the body’s natural defense against foreign pathogens.

Since 1966, lasers have been used in non-surgical applications, including for experimental wound healing, pain reduction, and acute inflammation of different tissues. Today, evidence based medicine provides the necessary support for effective treatment of injuries and diseases that have no current treatment such as spinal cord and brain injuries, acute inflammation, soft and hard tissues, and metabolic diseases.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1797825#ixzz2wQwZ6wVH

LLLT remains a controversial treatment, but with important objective studies being conducted to evaluate the technology, this subtle, noninvasive treatment is becoming an appealing therapeutic option.

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Applications for Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is a form of treatment that involves the use of a low intensity laser to address pain and inflammation.

The underlying science behind cold laser therapy is valid, as studies have shown that light of certain wavelengths can reduce pain and inflammation. Lasers use very focused beams of light that can be used to target specific areas.

Low level laser therapy has been shown to treat a wide range of disorders which, at first, seem to have nothing or very little in common.

For example, LLLT can accelerate wound and burn healing, reduce pain in different limbs
all over the body, improve the condition of patients after a stroke, help in treatment of
diabetic angiopathy, and reduce stiffness and inflammation.
The physiological effects of laser light at low intensity are not completely understood, but
what is known is that it has three main effects:
• biostimulation/tissue regeneration
• anti-inflammatory

• analgesic (pain relieving)

Most often the person receiving laser treatment doesn’t feel anything. Sometimes you may feel a mild tingling sensation or a mild numbing of the region being treated. This is due to the natural production of endorphins, your natural painkillers.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

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:

Arthritis
Acupuncture Points
Back Pain
Enhances Lymphatic Drainage
Releases Tight Muscles
Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains, tendonitis and hematomas
Chronic Pain
Nerve Regeneration
Neuropathy Musculoskeletal Pain
Myofascial Pain
Tendonitis
Sports Injuries
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:

Pain Relief
To Reduce Swelling
Control Inflammation
And Speed Healing

And to treat conditions such as:

Acute Tissue Damage
Arthritis Pain and Inflammation
Back Pain/Lameness
Bone Healing
Burns
Joint Problems (Fetlock, Knee (carpus), Elbow, Hock, Stifle)
Nerve Damage
Swelling
Tendon/Ligament Injury
Family Pets

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
Arthritis
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.

Wound Healing, Week 2

Last week, I went to use the cold laser on a horse that had just returned from the hospital after airway reconstruction surgery. You can see the results of that session here: http://beverlyjacobsequinemassage.com/?p=253

Today I returned to use the laser again. The first photo is the wound before I did anything. The second photo was taken after approximately 45 minutes of the cold laser:

If you don’t want to see photos of an open wound, please don’t scroll down!!

 

 

 

 

 

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The owner was kind enough to send me the photo below of the wound 24 hours later. Healing continues!

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