Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials conducted include the use of a 904nm laser to treat certain lesions in standardbreds.

Research conducted by McKibbin LS & Paraschak D

904nm Wavelength

The final and last-quarter race times and racing classes for a group of Standardbreds were analyzed before and after infrared laser light treatment. These horses had either check ligament injuries, plantar desmitis or pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia. A 904-nm infrared laser was used to treat check ligaments at 146 Hz for 26 sec/cm2 of affected area, acute plantar desmitis at 73 Hz and chronic plantar desmitis at 292 Hz for 26 sec/cm2 of affected area, and pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia at 146 Hz for 5 minutes.

Results

  • Of 35 horses treated for check ligament injuries, 80% had similar or faster final race times, 68.6% had similar or faster last-quarter times, and 68.6% raced in similar or higher classes after treatment.
  • Of 8 horses treated for plantar desmitis, 87.5% had similar or faster final and last-quarter times, and raced in similar or higher classes after treatment.
  • Of 30 horses treated for pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia, 80% had similar or faster final race times, 90% had similar or faster last-quarter times, and 70% raced in similar or higher classes after treatment.

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Benefits of Laser Therapy

1. Evidence suggests that the energy produced by cold-laser therapy is absorbed by the enzymes of damaged cells. Laser therapy leads to an increased production of healthy cell tissue, resulting in improved tissue repair as well as reduced pain and inflammation.

Healing times are shortened with laser therapy as well as improving the quality of healing.

2. Laser therapy can improve microcirculation. This leads to an accelerated recovery after injury.

Improved blood flow enables more oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to tissues under repair.

3. Laser light can penetrate tissue at varying depths.  As with acupuncture, laser therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells and on the production of beta-endorphins.

This is ideal for owners, trainers and Vets whose horses fear needles. When applied to the acupoint, the laser beam blocks painful stimuli, by decreasing the sensitivity at nerve endings.

LASERS HAVE THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS

  • Improved healing time and quality of tissue repair in wounds or soft-tissue injuries
  • Calming effect
  • Assisting sinus drainage
  • Relieving inflammation (pain, heat, swelling/ edema, redness)
  • Trigger point/ myofascial and muscle pain relief
  • Improved healing time and quality of tissue repair in wounds or soft-tissue injuries
  • Acupuncture adjunct or substitution
  • Improved performance
  • Reducing back pain
  • Laminitis
  • Improved healing time and quality of tissue repair in soft-tissue injuries & wounds
  • Increasing the immune response by activating immune cells