WHAT IS COLD LASER? Cold laser therapy devices can be used on equines as a method of reducing pain, especially in treating back pain, arthritis pain, soft tissue injuries, tendon, and ligament tears, joint conditions, neurologic injuries, suspensory tears, stifle injury, sesamoiditis, laminitis, degenerative joint disease, SI pain, tying up, kissing spine, superficial flexor tendon, capped elbow, accelerate wound healing, and reduce acute tissue inflammation of equine athlete. Let's discuss what a cold laser therapy device can do for you and your equine!
Cold laser therapy, also referred to as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), uses laser light set to wavelengths between 600 and 980 nanometers to stimulate healing and tissue regeneration. LLLT is a non-invasive light source treatment that generates a single wavelength of light.
During a treatment regimen, a small device emitting laser beam or visible non-thermal lasers is placed over the target area. The low levels of light penetrate the tissue without heating or damaging the skin. Since 1967, more than 2,500 studies have been conducted on the safety and effectiveness of cold laser therapy or LLLT in providing relief from pain and other symptoms. Many of these studies attest to its reliability in treating specific conditions and recommend the treatment as a preferred non-invasive technique.
Cold Laser, emits no heat, sound, or vibration. Laser therapy stimulates PBM (Photobiomodulation), which is primarily a photochemical process that takes place when mitochondria are excited by a light source.
How does cold laser therapy work? In cold laser therapy, the light is used to accelerate healing in the mitochondria of the cell. This therapy is a bio-modulator that causes up-regulation or down-regulation in a target area of the body. The laser stimulates the cells to heal and function in their respective field.
The laser beams are directed to the respective injured area tendon, ligament, joint, spine, brain, or acupuncture meridian in a time duration of three to twenty minutes.
Cold laser therapy often requires several therapy sessions. Sometimes acute conditions can be resolved by few treatment measures, but the chronic conditions need treatments over several weeks. The number of these therapy sessions varies depending on the severity and chronic nature of the disease process, age, general health of the horse, its performance goals, and nutrition levels.
Will this help heal large, open wounds? Cold laser therapy devices improve the microcirculation and metabolism in the treatment area, increasing blood supply to the injured tissues. In addition, the cold laser device further promotes wound healing by increasing the tensile strength of tissue.
How does cold laser (LLLT) compare to PEMF? Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy and Low Light (cold) Laser Therapy are two different types of therapies for different conditions. Lasers are better suited for targeting specific areas of the body like injuries and acupressure points while PEMF is more of a whole-body therapy. Cold laser therapy has pain relief effects not found with PEMF and is superior for the treatment of both acute injuries and chronic pain.
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