Cold laser therapy for equines has the benefits of traditional pain relief methods but without many of
the drawbacks associated with alternative forms of equine pain relief
and wound care. We answer the most common questions on cold laser
therapy for horses below.
First we would like to cover the basics and basic cold laser information.
1. WEAR PROTECTIVE EYE-WEAR: Always wear protective
eye wear when using any class laser! You should wear Safety Glasses
approved for the 800nm-1100nm range. Safety glasses rated in this range
can be found at various stores online. Make sure you are purchasing
certified/approved safety glasses. No matter what class laser, even
pointer pen lasers – NEVER look directly into any laser, point it at or
near human or animals eyes.
2. DO NOT USE COLD LASERS IF: Cold lasers, or LLLT,
are not recommended for cancerous areas or where cancer was removed.
Like any other equipment, LLLT should never be used to treat eyes unless
it is being done so by a veterinarian with proper training, as it is
very easy to do more damage. It is NOT recommend for use if pregnant.
Never use LLLT near the thyroid.
3. CONSULT WITH DOCTOR OR VETERINARIAN BEFORE USE: We recommend that you consult with your Doctor or Veterinarian before administering cold laser treatments.
How do you use the cold laser on horses?
When it comes to using the cold laser device, keep in mind that the
Pulse and Continuous modes are different, and will have different
effects on each horse. The Pulse setting is best for arthritic or
old/chronic injuries while the Continuous mode is for fresh, acute
injuries. I like to watch the horses’ reactions when they are receiving
treatment to get the best response. When using this device, I start at
the outside of a wound, or at the top or bottom of a tendon, and work my
way around the area. I find the best way to get relief is to hold the
laser in one area for 90 seconds and then move it to the next area and
continue until I have done this three times in each spot.
What is cold laser therapy and how does it work?
Cold laser therapy devices can promote tissue regeneration, wound healing and muscle recovery;
reduce inflammation and relieve pain; and stimulate the growth of new
blood vessels. LLLT is used in injury rehabilitation – and specifically
for joint damage – due to its anti-inflammatory and pain relief
LLLT is thought to work when the light an LLLT device emits passes
through the skin into the body, where it stimulates the energy and
respiration centers of cells – mitochondria – resulting in greater cell
energy, communication, nutrition, growth and life.
LLLT is used to reduce inflammation, the most common cause of
musculoskeletal pain. Research has shown that it reduces the cells and
enzymes responsible for causing inflammation and increases antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory enzymes.
Will cold laser treatments help with partially torn ligaments?
Cold laser therapy treatments help promote healing as well as reduce inflammation, which causes pain.
Cold laser therapy can promote tissue regeneration, wound healing and
muscle recovery; reduce inflammation and relieve pain; and stimulate the
growth of new blood vessels. LLLT is used in injury rehabilitation –
and specifically for joint damage – due to its anti-inflammatory and
pain relief properties.