Before the FDA’s acceptance of photobiomodulation, this technology was predominantly used by animal veterinarians. The earliest widespread used was on race horses.
Red light therapy helps prevent the delayed onset of muscle soreness in people. However, Russian scientists had discovered this exact same physiological response in racehorses 30 years earlier. Obviously, veterinarians are not held to the same strict and rigorous regulations as human doctors are, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t observe effective therapies on animals that could easily end up benefiting people just as well. PBM offers a safe and effective treatment modality for all aspects of veterinary care. Light therapy can be particularly helpful in reducing pain and enabling arthritic animals to be more active. It is also beneficial in managing wounds and dermatological abnormalities including hot spots, lick granulomas, otitis externa, pyoderma and the healing of surgical incisions. If the animal has an infection, blue light therapy can be used to
reduce the bacterial load and minimize the need for antibiotics. Finally, red light can significantly speed up the healing by decreasing inflammation and promoting blood flow to the affected areas.
Matt DeBow ⓒ 2019 • LuxWaves.com