Sarah Linton

Red light therapy

How does LED Therapy Work? Numerous studies have concluded the following effects of LED Therapy.

  • LED’s at specific wavelengths are reported to increase circulation by increasing the formation of new capillaries. This allows more blood supply - hence more oxygen and vital nutrients to reach tissues. This increased circulation also allows for the faster removal of metabolic wastes.
  • Studies site that LED Therapy stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is an essential protein for repair to damaged tissue, including ageing skin and scars.
  • LED Therapy reportedly stimulates the release of ATP – Adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in cellular ATP levels allow the cells to function more effectively and get rid of wastes faster.
  • LED Therapy increases the activity of the lymphatic system thus promoting a faster elimination of swelling – oedema in tissues.
  • LED Therapy reduces the excitability of nervous tissue by stimulating the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain fighting chemicals.
  • LED Therapy increases the synthesis of RNA and DNA. This helps damaged cells to be replaced more quickly.
  • LED Therapy increases phagocytic activity hence helps fight infections. Phagocytes help to destroy and mop up dead or degenerated cells.
  • LED Therapy stimulates tissue granulation which is an important part of tissue repair.
  • LED Therapy stimulates trigger points and acupuncture points.
  • LED Therapy helps to relax muscles.

Red Light Therapy can help with:

  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Arthritic Joints
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Wound Healing
  • Pre-performance Stimulation
  • Post-performance Recovery
  • And much more

Bioptron light therapy

Bioptron Polarised Light Therapy is based on 20 years of clinical research and development from Switzerland. It has a proven record for speeding up healing, and helping acute and chronic injuries in the veterinary field.

The Bioptron Light Therapy System supports the body to heal itself. It works on the cellular level assisting cells to increase activity, which influences higher energy levels and enhanced regenerative processes. It regulates blood cells and the immune system, which is the key factor in tissue repair and healing. It is ideal for pain relief, muscle tension and muscle strains by stimulating natural endorphins. It also helps with any swellings and skin problems. Bioptron Light Therapy within 4 minutes of still application penetrates 2.5 cm into the tissue.

The bioptron light that I use is around the size of a hair dryer. You can get bigger ones but I find this is enough for the work that I do with it. It's amazing the responses you get from some of the horses you use it on as they just seem to know that its doing them some good.

I have used it for all sorts of problems and with some quite incredible results. One case I had - a wither swelling - just wouldn’t improve at all over 2 weeks of trying all sorts of things and then I used the Bioptron Light on it once and that was the end of it!

I find it particularly good for wounds of all descriptions and any swellings. Tendon and ligament injuries also respond especially well. I have used it on sore backs that were previously too sore to be massaged and within 15 minutes of Bioptron Light Therapy I was able to massage the area afterwards. Great little tool to have on hand.