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(I use the words "red light therapy" a couple times at the beginning of the video, as sometimes they are used interchangeably, but I wanted to note that this is a LASER, and not an LED light therapy. Those two modalities of treatment are entirely different)
Red Laser Therapy has recently been more accurately termed "Photobiomodulation" Therapy, abbreviated PBMT or just PMB.
Photo - meaning light
Bio - meaning the living
Modulation - to change
PBM is a safe and clinically proven way to stimulate microcirculation, regenerate and heal the tissues, and relieve pain starting at the cellular level, leading to an accelerated restoration of function.
Purchased brand new in 2022, my laser is the latest Class 4 hospital-grade model "PTX Pegasus Mobile," manufactured by Companion Animal Health Industries. It is the same as the lasers currently being used in the most modern Veterinary hospitals across the world, except in a more portable version.
Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free alternative treatment that sends a focused beam of invisible light that will penetrate the body to various depths and effects, depending on the setting (The red light you see is actually just used as an indicating visual guide for where the light particle beam is). The light wavelength is absorbed by the tissues, which causes them to start metabolizing faster, and speeding up to increase cellular turnover, which in turn will speed healing, reduce pain and inflammation. It accelerates the body's natural healing process and provides real tangible benefits. The red laser has been scientifically proven safe and effective, even for difficult or resistant conditions. It provides easy, comfortable and non-invasive treatment approach to so many conditions!
I've personally used the technology for the last 20 years and have seen some pretty amazing things! When I left Veterinary Medicine, I knew this was one thing I had to bring with me to the saddle fitting world. This is an excellent primary or adjunctive therapy for the types of pain I see all day long in my saddle fitting ventures.
*** Please note, this is way stronger than the smaller household-type red LIGHT and LED therapy units! ***
In this case study, see how Rio, a 26-year-old American Quarter Horse Gelding suffering from severe bursitis and osteoarthritis of the elbow, was rehabilitated and avoided euthanasia with the help of laser therapy. (Video has no sound) You can also watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCtHeOF09q8
What kinds of things can the laser treat?
So. Many. Things! Photobiomodulation is beneficial for almost any condition where inflammation and/or pain are present. In addition to treating pain and inflammation, many Veterinary professionals also use it to maintain peak performance in equine athletes.
Tendon and suspensory ligament injuries, sprains and strains. These are notoriously slow to heal!
Degenerative joint disease, or any other joint pain/inflammation
Back pain, injuries and disorders, including kissing spine disease
Wound healing, infections from resistant bacteria or viral diseases
Edema, swelling anywhere in the body
Sacroiliac pain/ disease
Dental disease, dental pain, inflammation, infection, including post extraction therapy
Since the laser stimulates the body to speed up the cells, it would not be wise to use it anywhere near cancer cells. It is also not used on or near the eyes.
Duration of treatment depends on location, type of issue that is being treated and how deep the laser needs to penetrate. For example, a hock treatment is usually 12 minutes per side, and my back protocol is 25 minutes. Most treatments can be completed in less than 30 minutes. The charge is $40/session for up to 30 minutes. For longer sessions, the cost is $60 for 30 to 60 minutes of combined treatments. When I did my demographics research, this price is less than what my local Veterinary Clinics are charging for the same service, with the same laser equipment.
You can come to me, or I can come to you - but a trip fee does apply, based on mileage from my home in Gresham, Or.
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Questions about Red Laser? Feel free to contact me if you have specific questions.
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