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NOTE: Our Animal Infrared Therapy Models listed below are the same Infrared Therapy models sold for Humans, and can be effectively utilized for your animals.
Model 13 (13 LEDs)
Model 18 (18 LEDs)
Model 40 (40 LEDs)
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WorldWide has a large selection of Infrared Light Therapy Animal products
for professional and/or home use. These quality products are safe, non-invasive,
and easy to use. Best of all, they will bring excellent results for: horse
injuries, wounds, acupressure points,muscle
pain, horse lameness,
circulation,and much, much more! See Equine
Before After Infrared Therapy
See quote from Nevala Rodeo Horses:"Another key tool in keeping our horses feeling their best and to help heal a wound or injury is the Infrared Light Therapy. We first started using this form of therapy back in 2000 when our great mare Jetta tore out a portion of the brachioceophalicus muscle. We were told she would never be sound again let alone be rode. The vets did all they could for her. We started using the Infrared Light Therapy and believe this was the key to her healing. Jetta went back to winning in barrels plus added winning as a hazing and bull dogging horse. Including being honored as the MRA hazing horse of the year in 2002. (All the money won in the bull dogging at that years finals (other than 1 check) were won with Jetta as the hazing horse.) She is now producing our future champions and totes our kids around. She is still sound. We use this therapy for open wounds, muscle soreness and have used it on a 2 year old colt that had fractured his pelvis. He has recovered enough to now be ridden and used for breeding---much to our vets amazement."
EQUINE/Animal Infrared Light Therapy DIVISION
This information is
not intended to replace treatment, advice, or diagnosis by a veterinarian
or other qualified animal professionals. You should always consult your
veterinarian for specific diagnosis and treatment. Our Infrared Light
Therapy Systems are designed to be an adjunctive therapy for your animal.
We hope this information helps expand you horizons.
What can Infrared Light Therapy actually do?
1. Increase vascularity (circulation) by increasing the formation of new capillaries, which are additional blood vessels that replace damaged ones. New capillaries speed up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well as more nutrients needed for healing and they can also carry more waste products away.
2. Stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is the most common protein found in the body. Collagen is the essential protein used to repair damaged tissue and to replace old tissue. It is the substance that holds cells together and has a high degree of elasticity. By increasing collagen production less scar tissue is formed at the damaged site. Because of the production of collagen which is induced by the Infrared Light Therapy, we have seen an increase tensile strength and elasticity in scar tissue. This allows the scar tissue to withstand movement without breaking down over time.
3. Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in ATP allow cells to accept nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell. All food turns into ATP before it is utilized by the cells. ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell.
4. Increase lymphatic system activity. Edema, which is the swelling or natural splinting process of the body, has two basic components. The first is a liquid part which can be evacuated by the blood system and the second is comprised of the proteins which have to be evacuated by the lymphatic system. Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymph system can be doubled with the use of light therapy. The venous diameter and the arterial diameters can also be increased. This means that both parts of edema (liquid and protein) can be evacuated at a much faster rate to relieve swelling
5. Increase RNA and DNA synthesis. This helps damaged cells to be replaced more promptly.
6. Reduce the excitability of nervous tissue. The photons of light energy enter the body as negative ions. This calls upon the body to send positive ions like calcium among others to go to the area being treated. These ions assist in firing the nerves thereby relieving pain. Back to top
7. Stimulate fibroblastic activity which aids in the repair process. Fibroblasts are present in connective tissue and are capable of forming collagen fibers.
8. Increase phagocytes, which is the process of scavenging for and ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells for the purpose of clean up. This is an important part of the infection fighting process. Destruction of the infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.
9. Induce a thermal like effect in the tissue. The light raises the temperature of the cells through a Photo-Chemical reaction.
10. Stimulate tissue granulation and connective tissue projections, which are part of the healing process of wounds, ulcers or inflamed tissue.
11. Stimulate acetylcholine release. Acetylcholine causes cardiac inhibition, vasodilatation, gastrointestinal peristalsis and other parasympathetic effects.
Light Therapy and your Horse
It is important to learn to touch your horse and know his responses to your touch. Your hands should be tools of communication, to listen and to speak, to sense temperature changes, to stretch and move muscles and limbs, and awaken them to unknown possibilities. Learn to see with your hands, not your eyes. Your horse will also learn new awareness to their bodies, a fully mobility, and a sense of well-being. Pamela Hanney's book Touching Horses is an excellent book on this subject.
She also shares how to use your hands to help your horse. We have found a wonderful effect of Infrared Light Therapy when using your hands. When you find a tight spot, a knot, a "threadlike" area, etc, jplace your Infrared Light model on this area and you will feel it soften. For example, when working behind the elbow area of the horse, many times you will find knots, strings and tight spots, just place the model on this area for about a minute and then feel the area again. You will start to see the area soften and become nice and flexible. You may have to reapply the light depending on just how tight the area is. When horses' know our intentions and they will rarely refuse help from us unless a memory is just too painful. We need to honor his senses, his needs, his instincts, and his individuality. You may have to work this area over several days. Remember in most cases these problems areas did not happen over night. If your horse tells you he has had enough, honor his wishes. Sometimes just working another area will help you be able to come back to the "upsetting" area. Again, Touching Horses shows these techniques.Have you taken a step back and tried to look into your horse? Learn to ask yourself, is there a physical reason why my horse is acting the way he is? It is an investment of time and effort that will be rewarding for your and your horse. As Pamela Hanney says, "Horses have so much to say to those who 'listen." We hope you will learn to understand the physical communication that your horse is telling us. We feel that when you find a "ticklish" horse, "girthy" horse, "head shy" horse, or etc. you need to consider what they are trying to tell us. Sometimes this is the only way they can tell us what is going on. We need to learn to see, to hear and comprehend what they are saying. There are several other wonderful books that can help you expand your knowledge. Some of these books are listed at the end of this section.
Chinese acupuncture and meridian principals are a complex study in themselves. You can take these principals and apply them using your Infrared system. This type of therapy is known as photo puncture. These points can be predictably applied to recognize problems in your horses and thus, enable you to take early measures of detection and/or correction. Again we can not stress enough that our Infrared Light Therapy systems are only an adjunctive therapy. Always consult your veterinarian. There are many books on the market that will help educate you more on acupuncture and their meridians if this is of interest to you. It is not our intent to fully educate on this subject. We only want to share with you some of the points that we have found work well with the products. The time involved on leaving the lights on a spot will vary from 15 seconds to 2 minutes. Watch your horse's reaction. Response may be a quivering of the muscle, movement away from the light, retraction of the back, or sometimes, when a point is very painful, even an attempt to kick or bite. Back to top
When points are stimulated,
endorphins can be released. Endorphins are the body's pain reducing substances.
Stimulation can also relieve muscle spasms, a primary cause of pain in
arthritic conditions. Point stimulation can increase the blood supply
to the ailing area, increasing the supply of nutrition and oxygen to the
cells. Stimulation can release the body's natural cortisone which reduces
swelling. Stimulating certain points can measurably increase antibody
production. The use of Infrared Light Therapy can increase the immune
system activity which can reduce infection and relieve low grade fever.
The light can also affect digestion, blood flow, the nervous system functions,
hormone levels, and the function of the organs. A chronic problem may
require three to four times the sessions when the problem is an acute
When using the lights it is desirable to have the system as close to the skin as possible so the maximum amount of light penetrates the area under therapy. However, there are times when this could be harmful to the handler. If the horse is extremely sore, for example in the groin area, stand at a safe distance.
Also, there may be times when treating open wounds that this can be messy and unsanitary. When treating wounds, please consult your veterinarian. If he/she agrees that Infrared Light would be beneficial, only leave the lights there until a clear serum appears. At that point stop treatment for the day. You can work all around the area of the wound to help with blood flow. Please remember: a horse is a very large animal and can react suddenly, be prepared and be alert! Back to top
Why do we offer different wavelengths/colors?
The different wavelengths have shown different result in studies. This is why we have combined several basic wavelengths in our units. By combining these it give you a very beneficial tool in the treatment of all types of injuries and problems. We use LED's which are non-coherent, because they are cheaper than Laser Diodes and more effective. Laser's can be very dangerous when not used properly or by properly trained people. Our Infrared systems are completely safe to use. Some laser manufacturers state that for deep muscular/skeletal problems, you need at least 100mw. Our systems provide well over this amount. This type of therapy has a success rate of over 90%. The energy given off by the hand-held portable unit is absorbed into the body. You may or may not feel a warming effect during your treatment. The different wavelengths have shown different result in studies. This is why we have combined several basic wavelengths in our units. By combining these it give you a very beneficial tool in the treatment of all types of injuries and problems. We use LED's which are non-coherent, because they are cheaper than Laser Diodes and more effective. Laser's can be very dangerous when not used properly or by properly trained people. Our Infrared Light systems are completely safe to use.
If you desirea model with all 5 wavelengths, instead on only the red and infrared, because of the different wavelengths, when you place it on a sore spot, you or your animal may feel a sort of tingling sensation just as you leg waking up from being asleep. The blood flow is actually increasing.
red and infrared diodes are absorbed by
the skin, muscles, tissues, bone as well as working at the physical cellular
There are many other colors that are used in color therapy, however, we feel at this time the combination we have developed are appropriate for general use.The "warm colors" are of positive polarity and the "cool" colors are of the negative polarity.
Our units use continuous
wave diodes. We have found that these provide us with outstanding results. Back
LED devices usually have a 50% duty cycle. That is, the LED pulse is "on" for 0.5 seconds and "off" for 0.5 seconds versus the 200/1,000,000,000 (200 billionths) of a second burst from laser at 1 cycle per second (1 hertz). Moreover, LED is "on" 50% of the time and "off" 50% of the time regardless of what frequency setting (pulses per second) is used. On the contrary, the laser is "on" for 0.000000000005 of a second and "off" for 0.999999999995 of the second. In short, the LED diodes emit more than 33% more energy than a comparable laser diode because of the substantially longer duty cycle, even though the peak output is less.
In the majority of lasers on the market, the energy output varies with the frequency setting: the lower the frequency, the lower the output. In our Infrared Light systems on the contrary, the output is constant regardless of frequency. Even in the case of lasers that claim a peak output of 10 watts, because of the very short duty cycle, the average output at the highest frequencies is about 10 milliwatts. At the lower frequencies, however, the average output plummets into the range of microwatts (1 microwatt = 1000th of 1 watt).
LEDs do not deliver enough power to damage the tissue, but they do deliver enough energy to stimulate a response from the body to heal itself. With a low peak power output but high duty cycle, the LEDs provide a much gentler delivery of the same healing wavelengths of light as does the laser but at a substantially greater energy output. For this reason, LEDs do not have the same risk of accidental eye damage that lasers do.
Moreover, LEDs are neither coherent nor collimated and they generate a broader band of wavelengths than does the single-wavelength laser. Non-collimation and the wide-angle diffusion of the LED give a greater ease of application, since light emissions are able to penetrate a broader surface area. Moreover, the multiplicity of wavelengths in the LED, contrary to the single-wavelength laser, may enable it to affect a broader range of tissue types and produce a wider range of photochemical reactions in the tissue.
If LED disperses over a greater surface area, this results in a faster treatment time for a given area than laser, and they are safer, more cost effective, provide a gentle but effective delivery of light and a greater energy output per unit of surface area in a given time duration. They are offered in combinations of visible red light at 660nm and infrared light at from 830nm to 930nm, with 880nm as their average, thereby stimulating a broader range of tissue types. Back to top
In order to understand
the following information you will need to know the following terms and what
they really mean.
Some companies advertise they are selling 7 frequencies of light, when in fact they only have 2 or 3 wavelengths of light and are pulsing them 7 different ways. ( The pulsing of light only means that the lights are turned off and on at various rates.) A LED is on 100% of the time so if you pulse the LED it may be off even more than it is on. Our Equine LED's are on 100% of the time. This helps explain why some of our competitors' products take longer to treat the patient.
The following are definitions
of commonly used terms used in connection with the use of light therapy devices.
Conclusion: Why pay more
This type of therapy has been cleared by the Food and Drug administration and is the latest infrared technology on the market. This technology is being used by many medical doctors, Chiropractors, Dentists, physical therapy centers and clinics all over the world. There are no known side effects to this treatment. This type of therapy has a success rate of over 90%. Patients who are pregnant or who might be pregnant, and patients with active malignancy (cancer) should avoid this therapy. Back to top
Purchase an Infrared Light Therapy system for your own personal use and also treat your beloved animals! Back to top
Infrared Light Therapy, and devices and services offered at Emerson WorldWide,
are not substitutes for regular medical care, for medical assistance and
treatment, see your medical doctor, or alternate health care professional.