Thermal imaging is an affordable non invasive method of assessing many equine soundness issues.
My thermal image camera is the FLIR 420 BX model - 320 X 240 imaging with 76,800 pixels and thermal sensitivity of <0.045 degree Celcius.
Thermal imaging cameras are 40 times more sensitive than the human hand and can detect heat 2 weeks before it manifests into an issue.
You may ask your self if your horse is a candidate for thermal imaging.
The answer is YES!
Thermal imaging can be used to detect the following but not limited too:
Back Problems and Pain
Ligament and Tendon Injuries
Nerve Damage and Injury
Hoof Balance and Foot Problems
Joint and Skeletal Problems
Horse Vetting and Pre Purchase Exams
Use the link to read an article written on Thermal imaging and its benefits.
Contact me for an information package that has a more in depth explanation of thermal imaging , how it works and what it entails.
Low Level Laser Therapy for Equine use.
Used To treat conditions such as:
Arthritis Pain and Inflammation
Acute Tissue Damage (lacerations)
Joint Problems (fetlock, knee (carpus), elbow, hock, stifle
Thrush (anti-microbial effect for problems of the hoof)
There are basically five effects cold laser light has on living tissues as concerns therapeutic value.
1. Speeding up Tissue Repair: Just like the sun is responsible for photosynthesis (the conversion of light energy into chemical energy) the light used in cold laser therapy acts to increase the energy to the cells by aiding the synthesis of ATP (Adensine Triposphate). Increased energy to the cells means increased cellular activity for all of the cell’s components that rely on this energy. Speeding up tissues repair also means less scar tissue formation. Scar tissue is a cheaper grade of tissue than never injured tissue. This is particularly important in tendons where they attach to muscles higher up in the leg where there are skeletal muscles. A scarred tendon has less elasticity than normal tendons.
2. Faster Collagen Formation: Much of the animals body tissue is composed of the protein known as collagen. Increased collagen production is necessary for rapid tissue repair and as mentioned above, to decrease the scar tissue formation. This is especially apparent where you see gooey residue formation around wounds.
3. Increased Production of Natural Body Painkillers: Endorphins are endogenous opiod biochemical compounds. They are peptides produced by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in vertebrates, and they resemble opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and sense the well-being. In other words, they might work as “natural pain killers”. The term endorphin rush has been adopted in popular speech to refer to the feelings of exhilaration brought on by pain or danger, supposedly due to influence of endorphins, although this term does not occur in medical literature.
4. Increased Lymphatic Drainage: Studies have shown that cold laser therapy can dramatically increase the size of the lymphatic ducts thus facilitating protein waste removal. This is especially important in the lower legs of a horse where circulation is limited.
5. Increased Vascularization: This means increased blood flow to the tissues because of the increased capillary formation. That’s the best positive sign you notice when treating a would. This happens to deeper tissues as well as the ones you can’t see such as muscles and tendons. But when you see the bold vessel formation over a would you know the tissue is starting to heal. Again first and foremost, never take any chances with healing.