Frequently Asked Questions

Does is hurt ?

Laser, whether used as Therapy or for Acupuncture, does not pierce the skin  and therefore has no associated sensation.
For this reason is is a very gentle modality to use on animals,
particularly the sensitive, the nervous or the elderly.

 

Do the horses feel anything ?

Generally animals are aware that something is happening to them and by watching you may notice they turn their ear/head towards you, or they may lean into the treatment.

Just occasionally a hyper-sensitive animal may react as if they were being tickled by a fly, in which case their skin might ‘creep’ or their tail swish, but as a general rule they find it a pleasant and relaxing experience.

 

Does my horse have to be clipped ?

The short answer is “No”
Unlike in the use of ultra-sound, the use of Laser Therapy requires neither the need for clipping, nor the use of gel.

 

How do animals respond to Laser Treatment ? 

On the whole animals respond very quickly and positively.

During treatment they may be seen to chew, lick, sigh, yawn or stretch – all good signs.

After treatment they may appear much calmer and ‘chilled’ – whereas dogs often have a deep sleep post treatment, horses can be seen to relax with eyes closed and lower lip soft and loose.

Occasionally their symptoms may appear to temporarily worsen, however this situation generally settles with 24 hours.

 

How long do treatment sessions last ?

A typical animal treatment takes between  45 minutes to 1 hour
– however some animals respond quicker than others.

 

How many treatments does it take ?

Frequency of treatment largely depends on the condition being treated.

As a general rule acute conditions would be treated more often, say once or twice a week; whilst chronic conditions may initially be treated weekly, with the interval time gradually being extended to reflect the easing of symptoms.

In all cases the objective is to gradually lengthen the period between treatments.

This is always assessed on an individual basis in accordance with age, state of health, the condition being treated and general response to treatment.

 

How soon after treatment can an animal be worked ?

Preferably an animal should be worked before a treatment, rather than after.

Dependent upon the condition being treated, light exercise may be undertaken the next day, but it is advisable to allow 24 hours to consolidate a treatment before resuming hard work.

 

Can Laser Therapy be used on competitive horses ?

Under current rules and regulations, Laser Therapy can be administered to competitive horses, even on the day of competition  –  although veterinary permission should always be sought first.