Equine Uses

Medx Laser Therapy for Equine and Veterinary
Medx Laser Therapy for Equine Uses

Equine Laser Therapy offers multiple effective treatment applications. A Cold Laser can provide some of the following benefits:

  • Reduces recovery time from injury and illness
  • Does not mask symptoms but corrects muscle-related problems by directly treating them
  • Enhances performance without medication and inherent side-effects
  • Alleviates pain and soreness from strenuous training
  • Reduces stress levels in the horse, both physical and psychological
  • Improves respiratory, digestive, immune, and neural systems
  • Increases venal and lymphatic circulation

Conditions treated successfully include:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Bowed Tendons
  • Bucked Shins
  • Capped Hocks
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
  • Hydroma of the elbow
  • Inferior Check Ligament Desmitis
  • Myositis
  • Stringhalt
  • Superior Check Ligament Strain
  • Suspensory Disorders

  • Tarsal Plantar Desmitis (Curb)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendosynovitis
  • Thoroughpin
  • Wound Healing
  • Joint Related Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Bone Spavin
  • Carpitis
  • Epiphysitis
  • Fractures
  • Osselets
  • Ringbone
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Splints
  • Stifle Disorders
  • Tarsitis
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Neck, Back and Vertebral Column
  • Cervical Musculature
  • Hunter’s Bumps
  • Subluxations of the Sacroiliac Joint
  • Thoracolumbar Musculature Hoof

To compare and contrast therapies, anti-inflammatory drugs do not heal injuries, only mask pain which can potentially exacerbate the underlying condition. NSAIDS have very strict guidelines for use before competition. They also have potentially terrible side effects. Cold laser therapy could and should replace NSAIDS for certain conditions as the first treatment for your horses injuries. Laser can be used daily with no harmful side effects. Once trained how to use the laser unit, Cold Laser Therapy is very simple to apply. Although veterinarians often have laser therapy in their arsenal of tools, they are not the only ones who can effectively and successfully use laser therapy. It can be easily be applied by trainers, riders, horse owners alike. Cold lasers are great for both acute and chronic conditions but best results are to apply as soon as an injury occurs. Over the years, doctors and scientists have published thousands of clinical trials in medical journals and independent clinical trials which prove that cold lasers stimulate cells in the body to heal/ repair soft tissue, reduce pain and rapidly reduce inflammation without side effects of harsh drug therapies.

Where is it beneficial?

Clinical studies and trials of laser therapy technology indicate the following beneficial effects of laser light therapy on tissues and cells:

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth.
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster.

Faster Wound Healing.
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing] in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation.
Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.

Laser light therapy has an anti-edemic effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system [drains swollen areas]. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.

Anti-Pain [Analgesic].
Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which block pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins from the brain.

Improved Vascular Activity.
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilatation, an increase in the diameter of blood vessels.

Increased Metabolic Activity.
Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.

Improved Nerve Function.
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.

Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy is absorbed by chromophones that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomononucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP [adenosine-tri-phosphate], which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.

Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points.
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.

When the Drugs Don’t Work

Anti-inflammatory drugs do not heal, they can not be used before a competition and they often have side effects. We believe that our Cold laser therapy should replace NSAIDS as the first treatment for equine injuries. Cold Laser can be applied by vets, owners, riders and trainers and is best delivered as soon as an injury occurs.

MD’s and scientists have now published over 1,000 laboratory and clinical trials (RCT’s) in medical journals now proving that not only can cold lasers heal soft and hard tissue, but they can also offer pain relief and rapidly resolve inflammation without side effects of drug therapies and for less cost.
What is it?

Laser and LED beams of light can stimulate the cells in the body that repair tissue, reduce inflammation and transmit pain.
How LLLT / Cold Laser Therapy Works

Certain wavelengths of light can stimulate or inhibit cellular function according to it’s intensity and the time applied.

Lasers and LED’s produce intense beams of light at specific wavelengths. When the right wavelength at the right intensity is used at the correct anatomical location for the right amount of time you can stimulate repair, resolve inflammation and reduce pain.

One of the primary mechanisms is the effect of light on cytochrome c oxidase and the consequently the unbinding of nitric oxide and release of ATP leading to improved cellular function. For anti-inflammatory effects we have found a measurable reduction in PGE2, TNF Alpha and IL-6 in the synovia surrounding damaged tendons and for analgesia high intensity lasers over nerve supply can inhibit fast axonal flow.

In addition, high intensity single point lasers can release trigger points and treat acupuncture points instead of needles.

3B or Class IV Lasers? What’s the difference?

Class IV lasers are stronger than 3B but they do not work as well because they can over treat tissue. Just like any medicine an overdose can be a bad thing.

Class IV beams need to be defocused so that they do not cut tissue, and so they work in the same fashion as 3B lasers, but even so the beams are still a bit too strong and do not work so well. Scientific evidence confirms that lower intensity is more effective for inflammation and healing.

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