| Why Light Therapy?
Many people ask why our company is
called According to "Gospel"... Our company
is named for our horse Gospel Hour who developed a severe
case of laminitis after a surgery to repair an old injury
in 1999. At that time, we were looking for a way to
help Gospel, not begin a business, but as word spread,
people started to ask us to help their animal friends
and Gospel's light pads became a business. Our goal
is to provide quality light therapy products that are
safe, effective and affordable, great light therapy
products for both horse and dog owners and for health
care professionals and trainers.
Equine & Canine Light Therapy pads
have become a "must have" for many animal
owners. Why? They are safe, easy to use, affordable
and effective. Since the early '80s, light therapy (sometimes
called red light therapy, Phototherapy, LED therapy,
DPL, Infrared therapy, Photon Therapy, or Red/Infrared
Therapy) has been used in the horse world for treating
equine concerns and helping owners and trainers keep
their horses in top shape. The first light therapy that
was widely used on animals was laser therapy, also called
low level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold laser therapy.
It has since been reported that light therapy using
LEDs produces many of the same benefits as LLLT, but
is less costly and much safer. A 1989 study entitled
"Low-Energy Laser Therapy: Controversies and New
Research Findings", Jeffrey R. Basford, M.D. of
the Mayo Clinics Department of Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation suggests that the coherent aspect
of laser may not be the source of its therapeutic effect.
Thus any effects produced by low-energy lasers may be
due to the effects of light in general and not to the
unique properties of lasers.* LEDs do not deliver enough
power to damage the tissue, but they do deliver enough
energy to stimulate a response from the body to heal
itself. LEDs provide a much gentler delivery of the
same healing wavelengths of light as does the laser.
The tissues and cells of the body absorb light at specific
wavelengths and not at others. The key factor is using
We use these specific wavelengths in the red and infrared
spectrum. Visible red light (660nm) is absorbed by skin
layers very efficiently and is best for uses such as
stimulating trigger and acupuncture points and for treating
wounds and infections. Infrared light (880nm) penetrates
to a deeper level has been used to treat concerns of
tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and muscle.
Our Light Therapy pads are available in three sizes
and you get everything you need, including the power
supply and straps that adhere to the pad with velcro.
We offer a rechargeable
battery pack as an accessory.
We use specific wavelengths, high quality LEDs and our
Equine & Canine Light Therapy pads are manufactured
right here in the United States. To insure safety for
the horse, dog and his human, the cord is not hardwired
into the pad, it plugs into the pad and quick releases,
if needed. An internal timer turns your pad off after
the recommended treatment time of 15 minutes. You can
find more information on that on our Products page.
Now, why should you use it?
Many studies have reported great
results with LED therapy for the following equine and
General: Arthritis pain,
bursitis, bruising, burns, edema, deep muscle problems,
hematomas, inflammation, tight or sore muscles and infections.
Hoof Problems: Abscesses,
bone spurs, inflammation, navicular, ringbone and laminitis.
Leg and Body: Ankle problems,
bone chips, hock problems, inflammation, ligament soreness,
tendon problems, sore backs, splints, strains, stifle
issues, sprains, swelling, shoulder pain, hip pain,
sore backs, sore necks, salivary gland problems, wounds,
cuts, scrapes and for stimulating trigger points and
But how does it work and why?
We found many impressive studies
that included the following:
**The LEDs at specific wavelengths
are reported to increase circulation by increasing the
formation of new capillaries. New capillaries speed
up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well
as more nutrients needed for healing and they can also
carry more waste products away.
**Collagen is the most common protein
found in the body and the essential protein used to
repair damaged tissue and to replace old tissue. Studies
cite that LEDs stimulate the production of collagen.
It has been reported that by increasing collagen production,
less scar tissue is formed at the damaged site.
**LED therapy is reported to stimulate
the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is
the major carrier of energy to all cells and provides
the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction
of the cell. Increases in ATP allow cells to use nutrients
faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing
the energy level in the cell.
**Increases lymphatic system activity.
Edema has two basic components, liquid and protein.
Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and
the flow of the lymph system can be doubled with the
use of light therapy. This means that both parts of
edema can be eliminated at a much faster rate to relieve
**Reduces the excitability of nervous
tissue. The light energy stimulates the release of endorphins
which are the body's own long term pain fighting chemicals.
**May improve peripheral neuropathies
by stimulating nitric oxide production.
**Increases RNA and DNA synthesis
which helps damaged cells to be replaced more quickly.
**Increases the process of scavenging
for and ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte
cells for the purpose of clean up. This is an important
part of the infection fighting process. Destruction
of the infection and clean up must occur before the
healing process can take place.
**Stimulates fibroblastic activity
that aids in the repair process. Fibroblasts are present
in connective tissue and are capable of forming collagen
**Stimulates tissue granulation
and connective tissue projections, part of the healing
**Stimulates trigger and acupuncture
**Helps relax muscles.
We have found no reports of adverse
side effects regarding LED therapy. It is repeatedly
reported that when the cell is "reenergized"
it accepts no more energy, so you cannot cause harm
and it is reported to have no effect on healthy tissue.
The body will not absorb what it cannot use. Caution
is urged for those taking photosensitive drugs. Please
do not use on pregnant mares unless you are being advised
by a veterinarian who is familar with light therapy,
we have found no studies citing use on pregnant mares.
We have been told that a temporary increase in pain
or discomfort may be observed after treating chronic
conditions. When we began using our first prototype,
I was fortunate to speak with a trainer of racehorses
who started using light therapy back in the mid '80s.
He said," If he gets sore, don't stop, that means
it's working." He uses light therapy not only for
injuries, but as a regular part of his daily training
Many of our clients incorporate the use of "Gospel's"
Light Therapy pads as a regular part of their daily
training program. It is another tool to help keep your
partner in top shape. Click
here to see
what some of our clients have to say about Equine &
Canine Light Therapy!
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