What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the non-invasive use of laser energy to generate a photo-chemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. Laser therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions. As rehabilitation specialists know, the main goal of treatment for many when treating painful, debilitating conditions is to facilitate improved function and mobility. Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free technique to help make that goal a reality.
Class IV laser therapy is the most powerful type of therapeutic laser treatment available. Class IV lasers are able to penetrate deeper into tissue and have 4 different wavelengths to stimulate a cascade of events at cellular level which result in proven benefits depending on what type of treatment is performed.
Specifically, the benefits of class IV laser therapy should not be underestimated. It speeds up healing, it improves the way tissue repairs and renews itself. Lasers can reverse muscle atrophy and improve tendon and ligament strength and resilience. Furthermore range of motion, function, flexibility and mobility are all enhanced. In addition, the probability of re-injury is significantly less. Your racehorse can recover sooner and return to normal normal training routines faster. Laser therapy can also be used as a preventative process as well.
What Type of Laser Does Aquagait Use?
We use the K-Laser Performance Cube 2.0 machine. Following significant market research we are convinced that the K-Laser machine is the best, most powerful and widely accepted available. Made in Italy, K-Laser have a proven history in the design and construction of medical laser instruments for humans and animals.
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The most common areas of a horses body to treat are:
+ Lower leg ligaments and tendons
+ Hocks & stifles
+ Back and spine
+ Neck and cervical
What are the outcomes of Laser Therapy? (Biological & Physiological)
→ Pain Relief / Analgesia - Laser therapy has a highly 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 (watery fluid in tissues) and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins from the brain and adrenal gland.
→ Reducing Swelling & Inflammation - Laser light has an anti-endemic effect as it causes vasodilation (blood flow), but also activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
→ 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, bone, nerves, 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, scars, and burns.
→ Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation - Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery by inducing production of more normal type-1 collagen. Scar tissue is the primary source of chronic pain.
→ 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 (blood flow), an increase in the diameter of blood vessels. More blood flow equals faster healing and less pain.
→ Increased Metabolic Activity - Laser therapy enhances enzymatic activity within the cell, facilitates oxygen delivery from the bloodstream into the respiratory chain, and increases cell membrane permeability. The damaged cells can repair and regenerate faster.
→ 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 re-connection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimise muscle action.
→ Immunoregulation - Photons are absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme is activated and starts the production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical healing reactions in the cells. Long lasting pain relief occurs.
→ Trigger Points and Acupressure Points - Laser therapy reduces muscle trigger points and stimulates acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
Who Performs The Treatment?
All applications of laser therapy at Aquagait are performed by Nikki Pagan.
Nikki has considerable experience working in the veterinary industry prior to joining Aquagait. Nikki has completed specific training in the use of class IV laser instruments as well as receiving personalised 1:1 training from K-Lasers own Dr Laurence Oner.
How Many Treatments Before I See Results?
Laser therapy is cumulative, meaning that each treatment is complimentary to the prior if a regular treatment routine is adopted.
It is impossible to provide specific time frames on results of laser therapy. In our experience laser therapy is very effective in providing short term pain relief for acute pain conditions after a single treatment. However, every horse and every condition is different and we assess each situation on its merits.
How Much Does it Cost?
Laser is not expensive and when compared to other medical or orthopaedic treatments it quite cost effective. Treatment costs will vary depending on the type of treatment administered. Please contact Nikki directly for an accurate price.
We do offer discounts when you purchase multiple treatments for the same horse:
+ 4+ treatments - 10% discount
+ 8+ treatments - 20% discount
Payment is required upfront to secure these discounts. Discounts are not transferable.
Nikki's contact details are: 0413 113 920 |