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June 4, 2014

Light therapy for horses

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

There are many names for devices that use light therapy to stimulate healing. You can find low level lasers, cold lasers, photon torches and a myriad of other uniquely named products used to describe phototherapy devices.

These products use wavelengths to stimulate tissue and blood cells to repair themselves. The energy of the light wave increases cellular activity. This will help provide pain relief, resolve inflammation and increase the quality of tissue repair. Unlike the two previous therapies (in this previous blog post), heat and circulation are not the primary catalyst for healing.

I prefer using an infrared LED torch or flashlight. Infrared light waves have the highest frequency   (800-1000nm versus red light at 630-700nm) resulting in a deeper penetration into the tissues. This will provide relief for ailments of bones, joints, nerves and deep muscle tissue.

I also recommend treating wounds, cuts and scars with infrared light to speed healing. For sensitive horses who will not tolerate acupuncture needles, I will use phototherapy on the acupuncture points.

Discuss treatment duration and locations with your veterinarian or alternative care professional. There are no adverse side effects to treating injuries with an infrared LED device. However, be careful to never look directly into the device or shine it in your horses eye.

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