Cold Laser - Respond™ Systems, Inc.
After speaking with several FEI Dressage professionals who have had excellent results with cold laser treatments, as well as Tom Meyers, US Olympic Dressage Team physical therapist, Acadia Equine Rehabilitation was convinced that adding the Respond 2400 XL Cold Laser would benefit its clients. We've also found the customer service and support at Respond Systems, Inc. to be incredibly helpful.
The Respond 2400 XL is a class IIIB cold laser. They are called cold lasers or soft lasers because they do not emit heat and therefore do not cause tissue damage, but do not make the tissue cold. This device is FDA approved as “non-significant risk” device.
At this time, scientific studies indicate that cold lasers are more effective at penetrating the skin than LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and are therefore more effective. Laser light is able to penetrate through tissue layers and help to stimulate cellular energy and metabolic processes which promote healing and tissue regeneration (including increased collagen and epithelial production). Cold Laser light can also stimulate the release of natural pain killing endorphins within the body which facilitate long lasting pain relief.
To read more about the benefits and effects of LLLT demonstrated by thousands of double blind studies done in both clinical and laboratory settings, please see Respond's FAQ page.
Cold Lasers are often used for:
- Tendon and ligament strains, tears, lesions, bowed tendons
- Sore muscles and bruises, sore backs
- Non-invasive way to stimulate acupressure points
- Navicular, bruised feet, laminitis
Many local veterinarians are supportive of using cold laser in addition to regular treatment protocols for soft tissue injuries and wounds. The Respond cold laser is also a great tool for massage therapy in helping to treat trigger points. There are very few contra-indications for use of the Respond Cold Laser, contact Jenny for more details.
Canine protocols for the Respond Cold Laser are also available.
Acadia Equine Rehabilitation is happy to use the laser on issues that have already been diagnosed by your veterinarian, as an added modality to those already prescribed and overseen by this veterinarian. AER feels very strongly that veterinarian diagnosis, treatment, and continuing consultation are essential for the best possible outcome!
If you are interested in purchasing a Respond™ Systems, Inc. Cold Laser, please either contact AER or let Respond know that you heard about them from Jenny Rukavina!