What is Light Therapy?
Light Therapy is "Photo-bio-modulation or modulating (balancing) the biological processes of the body with light energy (photons)."
Light Therapy, which is approved by the FDA increases circulation, reduces pain and inflammation, and stimulates cellular repair. It is not a surgical or thermal mechanism like medical laser procedures. Specific therapeutic wavelengths of light (mostly red, near-infrared, a and blue) are absorbed into the body. This triggers a photochemical effect, as does the sun, and causes a chemical change. This chemical change effects the mitochondria of the cells. They are the powerhouse of the cell - it is where the cell's energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate.) Light Therapy increases the function of the mitochondria which causes them to make more ATP or more energy. With more energy, cells function more efficiently and can then rejuvenate themselves and repair cellular damage. Basically light gives every cell the energy it needs to do it's own job better. And light is a nutrient that the body needs.
Light Therapy can be done with panels or with a pad based system. A pad based system is a more targeted approach. Pad based systems are LED (light-emitting diodes) in pads that are placed on the body in areas of concern. The LED's are infrared, red, and blue light pulsed at specific frequencies. These wavelengths of light penetrate the tissue at different depths and are absorbed by the cells which then causes the above effect.
It is a simple, effective, non-pharmacological alternative for pain and greater well being. It is also quick, cost-effective and easy to administer. It can be used with horse, pets, animals, and people.
Some Benefits of Light Therapy:
- Decreasing pain (back, neck, joint, shoulder, etc)
- Reducing inflammation, swelling and edema (reducing pressure on nerves)
- Relaxing muscles (decreasing tension and spasms) - muscle stiffness
- Increasing range of motion
- Improving sensation (eg: peripheral neuropathy)
- Accelerating healing - wounds and broken bones
- Enhancing nerve transmission
- Reducing stress (helps rebalance nervous system)
- Boosting detoxification and immune function
- Helping to balance hormones (through its effect on the hypothalamus)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Arthritis - Ringbone in horses
- Athletic Warm-Up
- Localized Pain
- Traumatic Brain Injury and Brain Issues