For many years Low Level Laser Therapy has been used in the medical field and is now being used to help animals suffering from musculoskeletal conditions, wounds and soft tissue injuries.
How does it work?
Light emitted from the laser at various different wavelengths and frequencies causes stimulation of the body’s innate ability to heal itself due to physiological effects on cellular components. The laser increases activity of the cell mitochondria, accelerating cell replication and healing. It reduces pain and inflammation through vasodilation and inhibition of pain receptors and enhances the level of endorphin release which can assist in promoting relaxation. Laser Therapy is especially effective for chronic conditions, infection, non-healing wounds or where the animal’s immune system is compromised. There has been considerable research into laser effects at cellular level and in animal/human studies over the last 20 years which provides a scientific basis for the clinical application of laser in tissue repair and pain relief.
Laser therapy optimises the rate and quality of healing, meaning a faster recovery. Treatment is quick, pain-free, easy to apply and effective. The Omega Laser package I use consists of two infra-red lasers and a multi-wavelength LED cluster. The appropriate probe is placed on the skin relative to the injury or area damaged and controlled light at a specific wavelength, power, pulsating frequency and duration is passed into the tissue. Response to the treatment is quick; the number and frequency of treatments will depend on the individual problem, but this will be discussed at the time of the consultation.
Laser Therapy has the advantage of being drug free which is very beneficial when drugs are contra-indicated or in cases of drug resistance. Also because laser treatments are drug free it can be used safely, effectively and legally for competitive animals even on the day of competition.
Laser Therapy can be used in conjunction with McTimoney and Sports Massage or independently for the treatment of various conditions:
In addition to local effects, laser therapy can be used in a similar way to acupuncture as a non-needle alternative through the treatment of acupressure points, trigger points and muscle spasm.
Equine Physical Therapist
MSc (Animal Manipulation)
BSc (Biological Sciences)
Pg Dip (ESM)