Laser Therapy has been used for decades in equine veterinary medicine and therapy to help treat a wide variety of conditions in horses young and old. It is used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with other therapies and/or pharmaceuticals. We prefer to use it in conjunction with acupuncture.
When a performance horse experiences an injury, the goal is to effectively treat the injury with professional and expert treatment, and then to get therapy started as soon as possible. The longer an injury keeps a horse from daily movement, muscles degeneration will commence and the horse can injure other ligaments, tendons and tissues while compensating for the weak points. Laser therapy can not only help get the horse back into motion faster, but can also help reduce scar tissue and inflammation which can lead to further complications down the line.
Laser Therapy is used on a weekly basis for prevention and in conjunction with massage and chiropractic sessions to help keep top-performance horses in elite condition.
Acute conditions can be resolved with just a few treatments however it is not unusual for a chronic condition to require a number of treatments over a period of several weeks. Most treatments take from 15-30 minutes and are completely pain-free for the patient. In fact, depending on the condition, some horses experience immediate relief.
Laser Therapy can be used either as a preventative to injury, especially for animals involved in competition, or to treat specific conditions such as:
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Tendon and Ligament Tears
- Joint Conditions
- Neurologic Injuries
- Suspensory tears (soft tissue injury)
- Stifle Injury
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- SI Pain
- Tying Up
- Kissing Spine
- Superficial Flexor Tendon
- Capped Elbow
- Wounds and more
Did you know that ultrasound can be used for more than just diagnosing tendon and ligament injuries in horses? Indeed, it can also be used therapeutically to treat soft tissue injuries. The heat produced by therapeutic ultrasound improves the extensibility or stretchiness of collagen fibers in tendons and ligaments, decreases pain and inflammation, reduces muscle spasms, and improves blood flow. We like to use ultrasound for deep muscle pain along the topline and hindquarters. After Chiropractic treatment, we can use it to help the horse 'hold' their adjustment longer and better.