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Welcome to Equine & Canine Light Therapy

Who is "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 then and now is to provide quality light therapy products that are safe, effective and affordable, great light therapy products for horse and dog owners and for health care professionals and trainers.

How can little lights help heal tissue? Light therapy, or phototherapy, as it is sometimes called, has been researched for over 40 years and studies show it has very powerful therapeutic effects. Studies have shown many positive changes at the cellular level with the use of red and infrared light therapy. Some of those effects include:

Increased vascularity or circulation by the formation of new capillaries.
Significant increases in wound healing with less formation of scar tissue.
Reduction in edema.
Pain relief
Relaxation of muscles
Stimulation of collagen production
Relief of minor aches and pains
Increases RNA and DNA synthesis
Stimulation of trigger and acupuncture points

Many people have asked us how we discovered this new, cutting edge therapy. You may be surprised to learn that light therapy has been around for over 100 years! In the 1800s Dr. Dinshah Ghadiali* did extensive work with phototherapy but his alternative approaches to healing were met with much scrutiny and most of his work was destroyed. The 1903 Nobel Prize in medicine went to Danish doctor Niels Finsen, pioneer of phototherapy. He set out to find wavelengths that would best heal the affected skin. He was especially interested in smallpox and in tuberculosis, which can attack skin as well as lungs and bones1. Finsen found that ultraviolet radiation (which he called chemical rays) aggravated smallpox lesions, so he filtered it out. The leftover red light sped healing in recovering smallpox victims. But Finsen did use ultraviolet radiation to heal tuberculosis lesions, and he had enough success in that area to win the Nobel Prize2. The research on light therapy was abandoned shortly after Dr. Finsens Nobel Prize with the discovery of antibiotics. It seems we have now come full circle, more and more we hear of the overuse of antibiotics and many other drugs, leading to their ineffectiveness and again, many are looking for alternatives.

One only has to enter a search on the internet to find an amazing amount of research on light therapy. In 1966, a Hungarian physician, Endre Mester, performed a series of experiments that showed the biostimulatory effect of visible red and infrared light at low intensity. Today the most noted research is being done by Dr. Harry T. Whelan and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Dr. Whelan and his team were looking for ways to help the astronauts while in space. Studies on cells exposed to microgravity and hyper gravity indicated that human cells need gravity to stimulate cell growth. As the gravitational force increases or decreases, the cell function responds in a linear fashion. This poses significant health risks for astronauts in long term space flight. Muscle and bone atrophy are well documented in astronauts, and various minor injuries occurring in space have been reported not to heal until landing on Earth. The use of light therapy with LED's is an approach to help increase the rate of wound healing in the microgravity environment, reducing the risk of treatable injuries becoming mission catastrophes.3
It is believed by some that the energy from the lights actually affects cells at the mitochondrial level, increasing the energy within the cell that speeds up the healing process. The lights must be specific wavelengths and must be delivered at a specific dosage.

It has been reported that cells exposed to these specific wavelengths of light have been found to grow 150% to 200% faster than cells not exposed.6 Why? It is believed the lights speed up the healing process by increasing energy inside the cells. Many well known institutions have been or are currently conducting research on light therapy such as, The Mayo Clinic, Bethesda Naval Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Ghent University, Belgium, Medical College of Wisconsin, Stanford University, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA.

Low-intensity light therapy, commonly referred to as "photobiomodulation," uses light in the far-red to near-infrared region of the spectrum (630-1000 nm) and modulates numerous cellular functions. Positive effects of NIR-light-emitting diode (LED) light treatment include acceleration of wound healing, improved recovery from ischemic injury of the heart, and attenuated degeneration of injured optic nerves by improving mitochondrial energy metabolism and production.4

LED produced improvement of greater than 40% in musculoskeletal training injuries in Navy SEAL team members, and decreased wound healing time in crew members aboard a U.S. Naval submarine.5

This is just the beginning, when you study the research that has already been compiled, the possibilities are mind-boggling.

Our Equine Light Therapy pads are available in three sizes.
We use specific wavelengths, high quality LEDs and our Light Therapy pads are manufactured right here in the United States. They are wonderful to incorporate into your daily training schedule, to use for that unexpected injury or for maintenance on a chronic problem. We have also found that our Light Therapy pads are a great asset to use in conjunction with massage, chiropractic and acupuncture. We have several therapists that swear using our Light Therapy pads makes their jobs much easier. We have seen many instances of an agitated horse or dog who calms dramatically when the light pads are applied. Many animals have opinions on where the light pads should be placed. Listen, they will tell you.

Now, why should you use it for your animal friends?
Many studies have reported great results with LED therapy for the following equine and canine issues:

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 acupuncture points.

It's easy to see why Equine & Canine Light Therapy is quickly becoming a regular part of the daily training program of both professionals and individual horse and dog owners.

"Gospel's" Light Therapy pads are not a substitute for veterinary care, if you have a concern, always contact your veterinarian immediately.

Thank you for your interest in Equine & Canine Light Therapy.

*Let There Be Light; Healing Triangle of Light: Dinshah Ghadiali
1The Engines of Our Ingenuity is Copyright © 1988-2003 by John H. Lienhard.
2The Engines of Our Ingenuity is Copyright © 1988-2003 by John H. Lienhard
3 Nasa News (00-336) Marshall Space Flight Center
4Photomed Laser Surg. 2006 Apr;24(2):121-8 Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD
5J Clin Laser Med Surg. 2001 Dec;19(6):305-14 Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin
6Mitochondrion. 2004 Sep;4(5-6):559-67 Department of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin