Equine Laser Therapy
The Class IV Laser has many uses. Dr. Huenefeld may use the laser at one setting to perform laser acupuncture, a second setting to treat sore suspensory ligaments or sore hock and a third setting to speed wound healing.Class IV lasers can have several different biological effects on the body:
- Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth.
- Faster wound healing.
- Reduced fibous tissue formation (decreased scarring).
- Anti-pain (analgesic).
- Improved vascular activity (better blood flow).
- Increased metabolic activity (damaged cells heal faster).
- Improved nerve function.
- Immunoregulation (longer lasting pain relief).
- Stimulation of acupuncture points and trigger points.
The K-laser is one of the most advanced systems available. An internal computer allows the doctor to vary wavelength, frequency, duration and power for each treatment.
In a clinical setting, the laser is used to increase the speed of healing injuries to the skin, tendons, ligaments, muscle, joints and bone. It works very well with acute or chronic problems.
It also works very well for acupuncture treatment. We now use the laser alone or in combination with needles for most of our acupuncture cases.
What is the difference between small lasers available and the K-laser?
The K-laser we use is 8000 mW (8 watts). The largest class available to the average pet or horse owner is 500mW (0.5watts). This increased power and multiple wavelengths allow the laser energy to penetrate deep. (The K-laser penetrates up to 4 inches deep.) Small laser and photonic torches can activate superficial acupuncture points but cannot penetrate deep enough to provide the effects of a needle or class IV laser.
How many K-laser treatments are needed?
Treatment protocols vary with the condition. Many times improvement is seen with 1-2 treatments. Acute problems may require 4-6 treatments and very chronic conditions may require 8+ treatments. Most of the time however we are using the K-laser along with chiropractic, acupuncture and western veterinary medicine to try to resolve a problem. In those cases we may only need to treat with the laser a few times. If we are using it to relieve muscle spasms and pain in the lumbosacral area of the back or the low neck, a chiropractic adjustment and one laser treatment may be all that is required.
What small animal conditions do you treat?
Some treatments include:
Inflammed ears, skin, anal glands
Joint inflammation in hips, knees, etc.
Inflammation in the mouth
Many other conditions