Photobiomodulation is a fancy word for light therapy. Any use of light regardless of the wavelength or the device used can be referred to as photobiomodulation This includes both Lasers and LED devices. Restore Equine uses LED devices and has a number of options available, from handheld devices to pads. Some of these devices are available for short term rental to current clients requiring frequent light therapy protocols for a period of time to help with a specific issue.
Handheld devices are available in red, blue, green, as well as combined red & infrared wavelengths.
Currently we have pads with red light and a combination of red and infrared light wavelengths.
Some of our pads have a set time and frequency and some are adjustable.
The power of the device in question will affect the duration required to get full benefits of the light.
Photopuncture is the use of light or laser on acupoints. There are many benefits to using light over other methods on acupoints: some horses are not appreciative of needles at all. Some acupoints can be painful, therefore the horse may react negatively to pressure or a needle insertion whereas the light is well tolerated. With acupressure you need to sedate or tonify a specific point, whereas light will automatically balance the point as needed. It is documented that an acupoint can be stimulated by light within 2-10 seconds, whereas acupressure can take several minutes and needles can take 20 minutes or more, this reduces the amount of time it takes to have a positive impact on the horse.
I use AAH handheld lights both for photopuncture and for photobiomodulation on smaller areas of the body. They come in a variety of wavelengths (colors) with varying benefits. Please read below for more information on each light. Dosing charts are available for these lights and we can work with your veterinarian to create a plan with appropriate energy input for using PBMT to help with healing from injuries.
RED LIGHT THERAPY – THE GREAT “ENERGIZER”
Red light therapy is a safe, non-invasive, pain-free form of photobiomodulation (PBM). By placing the device on or near the skin and emitting a specialized 660nm red light, healing of joints, muscles and tissues is stimulated at the cellular level. With over 40 years of scientific study, photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) has been proven to provide fast pain relief and increased healing with minimal, if any, side effects. What’s more, it has been shown to be an effective treatment for animals as well as people. Red and near-infrared light aren’t blocked by blood or water as much as other wavelengths, making them ideal for treatment on a wide variety of injuries and conditions on and beneath the skin. These wavelengths are used on everything from burn treatment and flesh wounds to joint and muscle pain, sports injuries and more.
Photonic red light therapy benefits the body’s tissues because they can absorb this type of light and convert it to cellular energy through a process known as ATP. Many studies have shown that this cellular energy promotes activity in your mitochondria — the part of the cell responsible for generating protein, collagen and healing agents. Therapy also improves blood flow in the treatment area, speeding healing and minimizing pain.
THE AAH RED LIGHT
The Aah red light operates at 660nm, with three power settings of 100mw, 250mw & 500mw. When the correct wavelength is used, red light penetrates the skin to a depth of approximately 8-10mm, making it a beneficial treatment for numerous conditions and aliments. The therapy also sends signals to the brain, causing the release of endorphins (natural painkillers) and serotonin (the feel-good hormone).
This physiological chain reaction leads to a number of health benefits, including:
Increases lymphatic activity
Strengthens the immune system
Accelerates cell regeneration
Increased antiviral properties
Improved collagen production
Regulation of serotonin
and much more!
Due to this interaction, conditions that can benefit from red light are:
Arthritis and Joint Pain
Mood disorders related to anxiety, depression and more
Colic and other digestion issues
Cough and Colds
Strained muscles and soreness
General Health and Wellness
Tendon and ligament injuries
Cuts and open wounds
Immune system disorders
Lameness and Laminitis
And much, much more!
An important thing to keep in mind is that research has shown no negative side effects from this form of red light therapy. The most commonly reported feelings resulting from therapy include a sense of relaxation and well-being, and a tingling warmth at the treatment area. Darker skin may require slightly longer treatment times, as melanin is more effective at blocking light than lighter skin.
BLUE LIGHT THERAPY – THE GREAT “ANTISEPTIC”
The Aah Blue light operated at 410nm and a three power settings of 200mw, 500mw 1000mw. & Blue LED lights have been called the greatest antiseptic in the world by those that study colors due to their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Blue is the opposite of red due to its cooling qualities. You would use your blue LED lights anytime you think to yourself “I need to put ice on this”.
The color blue has been used for fevers, as a depressant for motor nerves, fast pulse, pain, reducing temperatures, as a pulmonary sedative, and as an aid in combating infection or inflammation. Blue LED lights increase the elimination of toxins through perspiration and stimulates intuitive powers and is a vitality builder.
Conditions blue light therapy has been shown to improve:
Additionally, blue light has been shown to improve:
• “Thumping” headaches
• Acute rheumatism
• Cuts, burns and bruises
• Dominant color of the throat chakra: sore throats, laryngitis, hoarseness
• Dysentery, jaundice
• Fungal and bacterial conditions
• Anxiety-related high blood pressure
• Intractable insomnia
• Open wounds and/or chance of infection
• Open wounds and infections
• Overactive conditions — slows down circulation
• Tension, fear and palpitations
The Great Balancer – Green
The green light will help bring about balance and grounding. The light is good for anxiety and restlessness as it brings harmony to both the mind and body. Green light is also used to balance oily skin and for skin pigmentation concerns. The AAH Green Light offers a sedative effect and governs the Heart Chakra. The primary purpose of the AAH Green Light is to bring into balance the organs and systems in the body. This light operates at a wavelength of 530nm, with three power settings of 250mw, 500w & 1000mw
The AAH PBM LIGHT - THE GREAT “HEALER”
The AAH PBM light device delivers two wavelengths — red and near-infrared. These popular wavelengths are what’s called “non-ionizing,” meaning they stimulate healing and cellular repair without damaging surrounding cells and tissues.
Light therapy occurs without heating the tissue, making it remarkably comfortable to use. However, light therapy improves blood circulation, providing a soothing warming sensation often experienced by users.
The AAH PBM light is designed with three healing settings –
660nm, 500mW Continuous Red. Solid red releases tight muscles, accelerates healing new wounds, opens energy when tracing the meridian lines
660nm 750mW Continuous Red & Near IR 810nm. A combination setting includes the near IR and therefore will penetrate deeper for joints and muscles.
660nm 750mW Continuous Red & Near IR 810nm PLUS a 40Hz optimal healing frequency. This powerful setting is reserved for the older, deeper and tougher issues we encounter.
Everything from injuries, muscle strains and sprains to cuts, bruises and burns have seen remarkably improved healing and relief in as few as 2-4 treatments. Long-term, chronic conditions like arthritis, sciatica and muscle soreness have seen vast improvements in as little as 12 sessions — all without causing pain or negative side effects.
Revita Vet offers wireless (red light 650n 5mw) red light pads - some specifically shaped for certain anatomical areas, such as the poll and hocks. These are perfect both for the practitioner to incorporate into a bodywork session as they operate entirely hands free, allowing me to carry on with massage, or photo puncture while they are working their magic, or for the horse owner to use on a regular basis themselves.
The benefits are felt wherever the pads are applied, so for the poll cap for example:
Head tension & head tilting
1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae
And the hock savers:
Digital, flexor and extensor tendons
They also have higher powered red/infrared combined products in their IR2 Complete system which operate at 650nm/5mw and 880nm/100mw and a range of Nogier frequencies, with adjustable session times.
• Excellent Therapy On Horses, Dogs, and All Other Mammals
• Promotes Healing
• Reduces Inflammation & Relieves Pain
• Stimulates Acupuncture Points
• Raises Performance Levels Without Medications
• Works On The Cellular Level
• Fights Infection On Open Wounds
• Non-Invasive & No Known Side Effects
• Works Well With Other Modalities
• Portable, Safe And Easy To Use
• Reduces Medical Bills
• Ideal For Preventative Maintenance & Rehab
Restore Equine clients can purchase RevitaVet products for a 15% discount, either from me directly, or from the RevitaVet website using the discount code "restoreequine" and as I use these products frequently in my sessions you are welcome to ask for a demonstration.
"According to Gospel" Equine Light Therapy Red Light Pads
LED light therapy is really a way to help the body heal itself. These pads use specific wavelengths of light that are absorbed by a photo acceptor, cytochrome c oxidase within the mitochondria of the cell. The energy (photons) from the lights increases the energy within the cell and that speeds up the healing process. The lights must be specific wavelengths and must be delivered at a specific dosage. They use two wavelengths in their light therapy pads, a visible red and a near infrared wavelength. Using both red and near infrared lights is beneficial because the wavelengths are absorbed by different depths of tissue. The combination of the two work in concert to provide benefits for soft tissue injuries, inflammation, ligament soreness, tendon problems, sore backs, splints, strains, stifle issues, sprains, swelling, shoulder pain, hip pain, sore backs, sore necks, salivary gland problems, wounds, cuts, scrapes, arthritis pain and for trigger points and acupuncture points. Visible red light (660nm) is absorbed by skin layers very efficiently and is best for uses such as stimulating trigger and acupuncture points and for treating wounds and infections. Near infrared light (880nm) penetrates to a deeper level has been used to treat concerns of tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and muscle.
Benefits of red light treatment:
**The LEDs at specific wavelengths are reported to increase circulation by increasing the formation of new capillaries. New capillaries speed up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well as more nutrients needed for healing and they can also carry more waste products away.
**Collagen is the most common protein found in the body and the essential protein used to repair damaged tissue and to replace old tissue. Studies cite that LEDs stimulate the production of collagen. It has been reported that by increasing collagen production, less scar tissue is formed at the damaged site.
**LED therapy is reported to stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells and provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell. Increases in ATP allow cells to use nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell.
**Increases lymphatic system activity. Edema has two basic components, liquid and protein. Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymph system can be doubled with the use of light therapy. This means that both parts of edema can be eliminated at a much faster rate to relieve swelling.
**Reduces the excitability of nervous tissue. The light energy stimulates the release of endorphins which are the body's own long term pain fighting chemicals.
**May improve peripheral neuropathies by stimulating nitric oxide production.
**Increases RNA and DNA synthesis which helps damaged cells to be replaced more quickly.
**Increases the process of scavenging for and ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells for the purpose of clean up. This is an important part of the infection fighting process. Destruction of the infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.
**Stimulates fibroblastic activity that aids in the repair process. Fibroblasts are present in connective tissue and are capable of forming collagen fibers.
**Stimulates tissue granulation and connective tissue projections, part of the healing process.
**Stimulates trigger and acupuncture points.
**Helps relax muscles.