Red Light Therapy offers horses significant benefits in both rehabilitation from injury, and as a performance aid for the sport horse. Click here for information on How Red Light Therapy Works.
Therapy Wrap System:
Offers an efficient and time effective therapy modality for all horse owners both professional and recreational. The pads house high quality Red and Infrared LEDS in a soft, flexible neoprene housing which conveniently wrap around the horse’s leg, or lay out flat over the top line. With no formal training required you simply place the pad directly over the area to be treated and let it do its work! The pads come in three sizes and have the option of battery (lithium ion rechargeable) or mains power operation.
Treatment times will vary depending on the condition being treated however as a general rule if the pad is wrapped around a limb allow a treatment time of 15 to 20 minutes. If the pad is laid out flat allow up to 30 minutes per session. Sessions can be repeated 2 to 3 times a day initially then reduced to an “as needed basis” for best results. The red light therapy pads come with an easy to use manual. Or you could view the videos on this site.
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It is the application of specific wavelengths of light to stimulate a healing response.
No not the same. Laser is a “straight” beam of light whilst the others are a “wave” form of light. Depending on the strength of the laser beam one needs to be careful when using laser to avoid burning tissue. There are no such issues with photonic/red/LED therapy.
The Photonic Torch is a hand held device which throws a small concentrated beam of red light (660nm). Ideal for stimulating acupuncture points, trigger points and working on small areas.
The Red Light Therapy Wraps are a broad array of both red (660nm) and infrared (830nm) wavelengths which are housed in a soft, flexible neoprene pad. Ideal for use on larger areas all over the body. Also wraps around limbs making it a highly versatile therapy system.
Red light therapy is highly beneficial for horses due to its ability to penetrate deep into muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones to promote a strong healing response. Predominantly red and infrared light wavelengths act to increase circulation, collagen production, ATP production, serotonin and melatonin production, lymphatic drainage, endorphin release and reduce inflammation.
All these factors are important for healing and wellness.
Yes certainly. Red and infrared light penetrate deep into tissues and joint spaces to increase circulation which improves the oxygenation of the tissue and removal of metabolic wastes. These wavelengths are also effective in shifting inflammation and stimulating the release of endorphins which can significantly reduce pain levels.
Yes absolutely. Used once a day for a good 20 minutes over the area of stiffness the pad will stimulate circulation and shift inflammation. Using the pad before exercise is recommended.
Around twenty minutes will give a good therapeutic dose of light energy when the pad is wrapped around a limb. Increase to thirty minutes when used flat over the topline. In some cases longer treatment times can be highly beneficial. If your horse is comfortable allow for longer time!
In some cases a horse may need to be introduced to the pad slowly especially if it is sensitive to touch. Use the red light pad for a short period of time (2-3 minutes if the horse is unsettled) then repeat later in the day. Usually the horse will become accustomed to the pad and very quickly learn to relax and enjoy these sessions. No force should ever be used in applying the pads.
Start with short periods of treatment and build up. Make sure the pad is not on too tight or this may irritate a horse with sensitive legs.
Make sure the battery pack is towards the outside of the leg (turn the pad upside down if required) to reduce the risk of it being knocked.
For added protection wrap a bandage around the leg once the pad is in place.
Yes but with care. Remove the side tabs on the pad to allow for greater flexibility. Position the top half of the pad securely above the fetlock and allow the lower half to cover the hoof.
Infrared wavelengths do penetrate hoof wall!
Yes but ONLY after the initial crisis (icing) stage is over. When your veterinarian states it is appropriate to increase circulation to the hoof then use the pad two to three times daily.
In acute situations you could do 2 to 3 sessions per day for the first few days then reduce to once daily as healing progresses.
No harm whatsoever can be done by using the pads as instructed. Even leaving them on for much longer than normal is safe as the body will only absorb what it needs in any one session.
Often areas of acute tightness or metabolic build up (lactate) in the muscles can be released during these sessions which can result in sweating. This is a positive outcome.
24 hrs post surgery you can be using the pad twice a day to help the healing process.
Yes absolutely. No restrictions here.
Ideally use the pad just prior to riding/competition/racing to help soften and open up any area of concern. Also use directly after competition/racing once the horse has cooled down. As a recovery aid this is an ideal time to use the pad.
Red/infrared wavelengths greatly stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage to improve performance and recovery.
Note: The therapy is totally legal with no swabbing issues – making it a valuable performance/recovery aid.
Because these two wavelengths together (Red 660nm and infrared 830nm) have been shown to work well together in promoting cellular regeneration and stimulating a strong healing response.
Yes certainly. The pads will be beneficial to use over any area on the body requiring attention.
Using a “stifle ice boot” is ideal of these areas. (“The Ten Minute Box” – in Australia sells these). Simply place the red light pad inside the sling rather than ice packs. Can use the bullnose clips supplied to keep it in place exactly where it is required.
The Premium Red Light Therapy Wrap – battery powered.
Generally yes as the pad can wrap over itself on small legs.
Anywhere on the horses topline, sides, rump, neck. Just suitable for legs. Using the bullnose clips and elastic straps supplied they pads can be fixed into many positions.
Wrap the pad in place for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. Ideally after icing (if you are still icing).
Use before exercise (when you are at this stage of rehabilitation), and after the horse has cooled down.
Yes most definitely! The red light therapy pads are an electrical device and should be treated as such.
Use a damp cloth with glass cleaner for the LEDS. Use a brush to remove hairs from the plush pile.
You can place the pad inside a light white cloth bag (laundry bags are ideal) when using it on a horse to keep the pad cleaner.