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Red Light Therapy

for dogs

Red Light Therapy offers dogs significant benefits in both rehabilitation from injury, and as a performance aid for the sport hound.

How Red Light Therapy works?

Therapy Wrap System

An efficient and time effective therapy modality for all dog owners – both professional and recreational. The pads house both red and infrared LEDS in a soft, flexible housing.  Powered by a convenient rechargeable battery (lithium ion) or you can choose the mains powered option. Pads are available in 3 sizes and come with attachment straps, clips and an easy to use manual.

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Early history of Red Light Therapy

There have been many references throughout early history of ancient tribes using the power of sunlight for therapeutic purposes. Indeed the sun is worshipped as “the giver of life”. In the 18th century reports started to appear in medical literature about the power of light to treat an array of conditions. In 1735, Fiennius described a case in which he cured a cancerous growth on the lip using a sunbath. In 1776 LePeyre and LeCobnte found that sunlight concentrated through a lens accelerated wound healing and destroyed tumors.

With the advent of light emitting diodes (LEDs) NASA led the way in the early 1990’s by using LED light of certain wavelengths to grow plants in outer space. A major finding was that red light therapy activated natural plant growth in outer space. They also found that light had an effect on human cells. This then led to the application of light to help astronauts maintain muscle and bone mass, as well as treat chronic wounds. NASA’s findings demonstrated multiple health benefits from specific wavelengths of red light delivered through light emitting diodes.

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

Red and infrared wavelengths are part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and more specifically, part of the spectrum of light emitted by the sun. These wavelengths are shown to be “bioactive” in humans and animals – meaning it literally affects the functioning of our cells.

The term “photobiomodulation” means the changing of biology with light, and is well used in science research. Whilst the whole cellular process is multilayered with dozens of mechanisms – in a very simplified way you could look at the body being a little like a plant absorbing light in the process of photosynthesis. In humans and animals light energy (photons) are absorbed through the skin and taken up by photoreceptors within the cell’s mitochondria. Through this stimulation within the mitochondria, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – cellular energy is produced.

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ATP is the energy currency of cells and is vital for all cellular processes and regeneration. The mitochondria are the life-yielding, energy producing machines within the cells of all living things. It has been shown that specific wavelengths within the red and infrared range have a better uptake at the cellular level (due to the activation of cytochrome C oxidase). 660nm and 830nm are two of these wavelengths.

In essence, red and infrared light stimulates the engine of the cell driving up ATP production. Since everything in the cells depend on this cellular energy, red and infrared light have been linked with a wide range of health benefits.

Safe, Non-Invasive, and Drug-Free

What makes red light therapy stand out from other conventional treatments is that it is safe, non-invasive, uses no chemicals or drugs, and is not associated with harmful side effects. Red light therapy through the use of highly efficient, medical-grade LEDs is able to deliver specific wavelengths of light in a targeted manner to specific areas of the body where it is needed most.

Canine Arthritis

Arthritis in dogs is unfortunately all too common. It’s usually associated with old age, but according to statistics, about 65% of dogs over 6 years old show signs of this debilitating and painful disease.

There are two basics types of arthritis that effect both people and dogs:

  • Osteoarthritis in Dogs
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis in Dogs

Regardless of the type, arthritis can be debilitating and painful.

The most obvious symptoms that your dog has joint pain caused by arthritis are limping, and stiffness – especially after laying down for a while.

Basically Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints which occurs when there is interference with the normal structure and function of the joint. Inflammation is the body’s response to trauma, infection or irritation and materialises in redness, warmth, swelling and pain. Canine arthritis can occur in any joint but most commonly develops in the hips, knees and elbows.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis in Dogs

Two Types of Osteoarthritis:

  • Primary OA which occurs as dogs get older due to natural wear and tear. The cause is usually unknown.
  • Secondary OA which occurs because there’s an underlying anatomical problem including developmental disorders such as hip or elbow dysplasia or an injury such as a fracture or a ligament problem. When arthritis is the secondary problem, dogs can be relatively young when they develop it.

With both types of OA there is joint capsule inflammation, joint capsule thickening, joint fluid accumulation, joint swelling and most importantly a break down of cartilage. In the most severe cases, cartilage can wear away leaving bone to rub on bone which makes it very difficult and painful for dogs to move around.

OA is often a slow process and can be well advanced before the joint becomes sore.

How can Red Light Therapy be of benefit for Canine Arthritis?

  • Light Therapy increases circulation to the joint by stimulating the formation of new capillaries. This allows more blood supply – hence more oxygen and vital nutrients to reach damaged tissues.
  • Light Therapy stimulates vasodilation (through the nitric oxide cascade) which promotes more blood supply to the area.
  • Light Therapy stimulates the production of serotonin which helps reduce inflammation.
  • Light Therapy increases the activity of the lymphatic system thus promoting a faster elimination of swelling – oedema in tissues.
  • Light Therapy reduces the excitability of nervous tissue by stimulating the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain fighting chemicals.
  • Light 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
  • Light Therapy increases the synthesis of RNA and DNA. This helps damaged cells to be replaced more quickly.
  • Light Therapy helps to relax muscles.

Application

With no formal training required you simply place the pad over the desired area and allow the light wavelengths to penetrate deep into the tissue where a number of healing parameters will be stimulated. Because of the small size of dogs (in comparison to horses) the application time need only be a few minutes to gain maximum benefits. Applications can be 2 to 3 times per day initially then reduced to an “as needed” basis for best results.

Red/Infrared Light may aid in the management of

  • Consitipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hip Displaysia
  • Immune System Strengthening
  • Vision
  • Anxiety
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Arthritic joints
  • Muscle soreness
  • Back pain
  • Fractures
  • Wound management
  • Skin Conditions
  • Kennel Cough
  • Oedema
  • Nervous Tension
  • Pre-performance stimulation
  • Post-performance recovery
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Based on 53 reviews
Queena lee
Queena lee
2024-01-07
Got a premium size for my golden retriever Harry , he is suffering from osteoarthritis . He absolutely loving it . End up I love it too . Sue is very friendly and answering all my questions. Highly recommended
Tania Davies
Tania Davies
2023-11-22
I have been impressed on all levels with this company and their products. The delivery was fast, instructions very clear and the personal touch has been welcomed. I would highly recommend purchasing from this Australian company.
Caroline
Caroline
2023-10-26
I have been using my red light pad for years now. I use it every day it keeps my niggles at bay and has helped me to continue to complete in Ironman at 46 years of age (3.8km swim, 180km bike 42km run) with my most recent being at the World Championship in Kona October 2023. I use it all over my body and its also brilliant for period cramps. Its also very good for travelling as you can plug it into your car and use it whilst on the move. I would highly recommend it to anyone its fantastic. Thanks Sue your a champ :-)
Tim Newick
Tim Newick
2023-10-12
Cracka service and an awesome product, ya gotta get one, for any ailments ya got. Bought it for my knee, now the wife steals it off me for her aches and pains.
francesca elischer
francesca elischer
2023-08-29
Honestly don't go anywhere without mine. I absolutely love it! And the service is great too. Can't recommend highly enough.
Guy Ridge
Guy Ridge
2023-06-05
I use the red light therapy mat after footy training and games, its great for recovery!
Eileen Ridge
Eileen Ridge
2023-06-05
I have loved my Red light pad for many years, I use it daily. I lay it on my chest to avoid coughs and colds before sleep, and on any ache/pain I have, mainly neck and shoulder from dog handling! Such a fantastic, simple and effective tool for self care. Thank you!
Lou Davies
Lou Davies
2023-05-26
Thank you soooo much Sue. I have been suffering from bursitis and a frozen shoulder for 3 years, wake up in the middle of the night in pain, reach for my red light pad and ahhhhhh. Works instantly. Back to sleep. No medications. Then it's the impinged hip.. and... on it goes. Not only that, my family gets the red light Therapy and that makes me the best mum in the world.😁 I'm in love with this product. Thank you Red Light Therapy thank you Sue.
Mama Ofthree
Mama Ofthree
2023-05-12
it is horrible
B Jones
B Jones
2023-03-21
I absolutely love these products!!! I own Connect the Unicorn LLC, and use especially my poll cap in every treatment. The benefits are extraordinary! Sue is a absute joy to work with, the customer care and service is outstanding and in in the US!

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Frequently asked questions

Does Red /Infrared/ LED Therapy help with canine arthritis?

Yes certainly. Red and infrared light penetrate deep into tissues and joint spaces to increase circulation which improves the oxygenation of the tissue and removal of metabolic wastes. These wavelengths are also effective in shifting inflammation and stimulating the release of endorphins which can significantly reduce pain levels.

Does Red /Infrared/ LED Therapy help with arthritis?

Yes certainly. Red and infrared light penetrate deep into tissues and joint spaces to increase circulation which improves the oxygenation of the tissue and removal of metabolic wastes. These wavelengths are also effective in shifting inflammation and stimulating the release of endorphins which can significantly reduce pain levels.

Can the red/infrared pads help my horse relax?

Yes. The red/infrared wavelengths stimulate the production of melatonin and endorphin release which can have an overall calming effect on horses.

Can red / infrared/ LED therapy help with poll stiffness?

Yes absolutely. Used once to twice a day for a good 20 minutes the pad will stimulate circulation and shift inflammation. Using the pad before exercise is recommended.

What should I do if my horse is reactive to the pad?

In some cases a horse may need to be introduced to the pad slowly especially if it is a little head shy. We recommend standing alongside the shoulder, facing forwards towards the head and gently moving the pad along the top of the neck using approach/retreat to the poll area. Once settled, place the pad in position over the ears. Use the red light pad for a short period of time (2-3 minutes if the horse is unsettled) then repeat later in the day. Usually the horse will become accustomed to the pad and very quickly learn to relax and enjoy these sessions. No force should ever be used in applying the pads.

How much time should I leave the Red Light Pad on my horse?

Around 20 minutes will give a good therapeutic dose of light energy, however in some cases longer treatment times can be highly beneficial. If your horse is comfortable allow for longer time!

How many sessions of red / infrared/ LED therapy should I do a day?

In acute situations you could do 2 sessions per day for the first few days then reduce to once daily as healing progresses.

Can the red/infrared pads help my horse relax?

Yes. The red/infrared wavelengths stimulate the production of melatonin and endorphin release which can have an overall calming effect on horses. This is more evident when the pad is used over the poll or sacroiliac regions.

Can red/infrared/LED therapy do any harm to my horse?

No harm whatsoever can be done by using the pads as instructed. Even leaving them on for much longer than normal is safe as the body will only absorb what it needs in any one session.

My horse sweats in patches under the poll cap – why?

Often areas of acute tightness or metabolic build up (lactate) in the muscles can be released during these sessions which can result in sweating. This is a positive outcome.

How soon after surgery can I use the Red/infrared pad?

Twenty four hours post surgery you can be using the pad twice a day to help the healing process.

Can I use the poll cap on my pregnant horse?

Yes absolutely. No restrictions here.

How can I use the poll cap to improve my horse’s performance?

Ideally use the pad just prior to riding/competition/racing to help soften and open the area. Also use directly after competition/racing once the horse has cooled down. As a recovery aid this is an ideal time to use the pad. Red/infrared wavelengths greatly stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage to improve performance and recovery.

Note: The therapy is totally legal with no swabbing issues – making it a valuable performance/recovery aid.

Why use both Red and infrared rays in the pads?

Because these two wavelengths together (Red 660nm and infrared 830nm) have been shown to work well together in promoting cellular regeneration and stimulating a strong healing response.

Can I use the poll cap over other areas on the body?

Yes absolutely. The poll cap will be beneficial to use over any area on the body requiring attention. Indeed the poll cap will sit nicely across the withers and the sacroiliac areas.

How is the poll cap powered?

The pad is powered by a convenient rechargeable lithium ion battery. The battery sits in a secure pocket stitched into the pad.

My horse shakes his head a lot – will the pad be safe?

Yes. The poll cap once in place under a halter with straps attached will remain secure even with strong head shaking.

Can I use the poll cap before or after my therapist has worked on my horse?

Yes absolutely. Many therapists work with our pads both before and after treatments. Some horses are so difficult to massage around the poll that therapists will use the pad for 10 to 15 minutes prior to them physically working on the area. The poll cap can have a significant calming and opening effect on horses.

Do I need any specific instructions on how to use the poll cap?

Only basic instruction is needed. The poll cap comes with an easy to read manual. You could also view our short instructional video listed on this page.