What is K-Laser?
K-Laser is a class IV laser that delivers red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce therapeutic effect within the body, allowing for maximum penetration into the body. It activates photochemical effects in tissues by specific wavelengths of light, improving cellular and physiological functions
Increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area
Reduce muscle spasms
Accelerated healing for wounds
Analgesic (pain relief)
Absorption of interstitial fluid
What is the K-Laser?
The K-Laser is non-ionising radiation which means it is much safer for tissues compared to x-ray or gamma radiation.
K-Laser has 4 Wavelengths
1) 970nm - Our horse’s blood consists of mostly of water that absorbs 970nm light very well. Blood transports oxygen to the cells and carries waste away. The energy created from absorbing a light photon results in heat production, creating a temperature gradient at the cellular level, stimulating microcirculation, and bringing more oxygen-fuel to the cells.
2) 905nm - The quicker oxygen is released into the blood stream, the more fuel the cell has to carry out all of its natural healing processes. The peak of hemoglobin’s absorption lies at 905nm, and when this wavelength is absorbed, more of this oxygen-fuel is made available to the cells.
3) 800nm - The enzyme determining how efficiently the cell converts molecular oxygen into ATP has the highest absorption at 800nm. Regardless of the enzyme’s molecular state, when it absorbs a photon it will flip states. Photon absorption will accelerate the process and increase cellular ATP production.
4) 660nm - Melanin in our skin readily absorbs 660nm light. Since light can both inhibit bacteria and promote cell growth, laser therapy has incredible results in wound healing and scar tissue regulation.
Chronic non-healing wounds
Ligament and tendon injuries
Back spasms/back pain
Pain (musculoskeletal and myofascial)
Bone and cartilage repair
Hoof disorders (e.g. Laminitis, navicular, hoof abscesses)
Wounds (Chronic, acute, burns, abscesses)
Reduction in proud flesh and scar tissue
Skin complaints (e.g. dermatitis, mud fever, rain scald)
The list goes on!!
Treatment sessions often last 3-8 minutes long. For the first three weeks, treatment may be 2-3 times per week then drops down to one per week but each horse will have a tailored treatment programme. Owners may be present and most horses can nibble on a net during treatment.
Why should I choose this method of treatment?
This form of treatment is non-invasive and pain free. Treatment is very quiet so horses do tend to settle quickly. Another positive is most insurance companies will cover treatment as it is recommended by your veterinary surgeon.
Tear in Deep Digital Flexor Tendon (DDFT)
Tommy, a very sweet young pony, presented with quite a large swelling on his left hind fetlock and mildly lame after an afternoon of fun galloping round the fields with his new field mate!
Natalia went out to perform a lameness examination and found on ultrasound a tear in his deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT). This meant bad news for Tommy as he was told strict box rest. Alongside box rest, he was also placed on a K-Laser treatment programme with our veterinary nurse Marissa, where he had two sessions per week for 4 weeks.
The images attached are from his first scan on 21st October 2021 and then his re-scan 4 weeks later on 25th October…. A massive improvement! On his re-exam Tommy was also sound and the swelling on his hind limb had also reduced significantly.
With these sort of injuries however it is a long road and still early days before Tommy is back in full work but thankfully for Tommy he has a brilliant owner who is fully on board with his rehab plan!
Big thank you to his owner too for letting us share Tommy’s story.