Equine laser therapy (Low Level Laser Therapy) LLLT is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries or lesions to improve wound/soft tissue healing and give relief, for both acute and chronic pain.
Photobiomodulation or cold laser therapy uses a single, in phase, coherent light source to trigger a biological effect.
LLLT work by triggering stimulation of the the immune, lymphatic, vascular and neural systems to natural reduce swelling and inflammation and, with veterinary advice, is a possible alternative for non steroidal ant inflammatory drugs.
Equi -Laser a small hand held portable device powered using a single 9 volt alkaline battery or mains electricity. The laser equipment can be bought or hired direct from Equi-Laser. www.equi-laser.co.uk. At the time of writing, the Equine-laser was £585, making it considerably more expensive than other laser machines on the market
Equine Thor Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), a Cold Laser for horses. Equipment to buy or hire. THOR provide a treatment manual with pictures and step-by-step instructions on how to treat. They also offer a training course. www.equinethor.com
Whilst there are lasers marketed specifically for horses, if cost is an issue the Nanabest machine is widely available and suitable for animals.
The New Equine Sports Therapy ~ Mimi Porter.
Covers Magnotherapy, Ultrasound and Laser Therapy
Equine Wound Management ~ Ted S. Stashak.
Contains informative chapter on the use of laser treatment for wounds
Equine Laser Surgery ~ By Kenneth Sullins
This is out of print. We’re currently not quite sure where you can find a copy, but will keep looking!
www.moulton.ac.uk The Moulton College Equine Therapy Centre provides a variety of treatments and services (rehabilitation, laser and spa therapy) to promote and assist the recovery of client’s horses in a purpose built facility located at the Pitsford Centre, Moulton College, Moulton, Northampton.
At Rose Farm Equine they specialise in Equine Bowen Technique, Healing Laser Therapy and Equine Rehabilitation. Situated at Rose Farm, Catcott near Bridgwater, Somerset. www.rosefarmequine.co.uk
Mark Bruin offers cold laser therapy, a well established procedure for speeding up healing and giving effective non drug induced pain relief. Based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Phone Mark for more information: 01484603907 www.lisabruin.com
Helen Thornton uses cold laser therapy, sports massage, Bowen therapy, and manipulation depending on your horse’s problem. Helen is based in North Lincs, covering all UK racing yards and competition horses. Phone: 07947623923 or visit www.helenthornton.com.