Photobiomodulation Therapy

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 

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.

You can see more about the AAH Lights I use here.

 

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).

 

BLUE LIGHT 

 

The Aah Blue light operates 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”. 

GREEN LIGHT

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

RED & INFRARED PBM LIGHT

This light comes with three settings

  1. 660nm, 500mW Continuous Red. Solid red releases tight muscles, accelerates healing new wounds, opens energy when tracing the meridian lines

  2. 660nm 750mW Continuous Red & Near IR 810nm. A combination setting includes the near IR and therefore will penetrate deeper for joints and muscles.

  3. 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.

RevitaVet

Revita Vet offers wireless red light 650nm 5mw peak, and battery pack red/infrared combined 640/880nm 100mw peak 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 photopuncture 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.

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.

Please see this page for more information on the RevitaVet products I use.

"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.

 

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