Laser therapy has the effect of reducing pain and inflammation as well as increasing microcirculation. The end result if a rapid healing of damaged muscle tissues.
An analgesic effect is achieved including:
- Increase in the release of beta endorphins
- Decreased bradykinin levels within the surrounding tissues
- Increased release of acetylcholine
- Stabilization of the action potentials within the individual nerve cells
- An increase in serotonin levels
There are four broad areas where photobiomodulation is of great benefit to treating injured horses:
- To quicken the the rehabilitation and healing of many common lameness disorders.
- To maintain the peak performance of the horse
- To prevent the occurrence or recurrence of athletic injuries.
- As an essential component of stem cell and PRP treatment protocols
Combining deep-penetrating laser therapy with traditional therapeutic regimens accelerates the recovery time of many common lameness disorders in horses.
Laser Therapy Applications
Several of the most common applications of laser therapy for the treatment of lameness disorders include:
- Tendon and suspensory injuries such as tears and tendinitis
- Back soreness
- Synovitis and tenosynovitis
- Healing of wounds
Horses place enormous strain on their bodies during both training and racing. This results in pain and soreness in the animal. Laser therapy treatments allow horses these to recover quicker and thus train more effectively.
Cold Laser Therapy penetrates deep into muscle tissue, establishing blood flow and elasticity within the tissues of the suspensory tendon in an equine athlete predisposed to stress in this area before competing.