Sunday, 23 June 2013

This is a query from a Dutch Q1000 owner, who bought the laser to treat her show dogs. 

'I am treating a Berner Sennen dog (1 year old) of a friend, with my laser, since last Monday.
He has the pasteurella species bacteria on his lungs. He has been treated for 8 weeks with 2 sorts of antibiotics with very little result. He has been without antibiotics for a week now, and  X-rays were taken at that point. Today the veterinarian made X-rays again. You can see a very little improvement on the X-rays since lasering and no antibiotics.

I am using the laserprogramms 3 and 1 on 5 different spots on his lungs twice a day (2 spots left side, 2 spots right side and 1 spot between his legs on his chest. Can I go on this way or do I have to change something?And maybe is it also possible to use the enhancer 808 for more strength? If so how long for?

Sorry for so much questions, but this dog is seriously ill and I get the feeling that the vet also is a little uncertain what to do. He says to go on with the laser and maybe it is necessary to bring him to Utrecht (university clinic veterinarians) for a while. But we are afraid that is too much for this dog , as he is only 1 year 
old and all the treatments of the last two and a half months have made him already very nervous.'

I replied that her way of treating the dog is good, though as the dog improves she could try cutting
back to once a day. She could use the infrared 808 laser for about 30 seconds on each spot, but as
animals are more responsive than humans she may need even less time.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Low Level Laser

Photo 1: Visit Two - Deep ulcer on the medial aspect of the left calf.

Photo 2: Visit Six - Shows the brownish tinge following treatment with laser, periphery tissue granulation and shrinkage of the ulcer.

This patient was treated by a Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioner, ex SRN, Vodder therapist, and a Bowen therapist.  She did a Cranial Laser Reflex Technique (CLRT) course with Dr Nick Wise in Glastonbury in October 2009, and again in June 2010. She rang me today to book on a CLRT Practice day, and gave me some great feedback on how she uses CLRT in combination with her other therapies, and how she uses her laser directly on the body too.

She feels that all of her therapies are working directly on the Parasympathetic Nervous System, creating a deeper relaxation, with less blocks to self healing, and more encouragement to release what needs to be let go of. Many of her patients have nerve pain, with peripheral nerve damage from treatment for breast cancer, eg, around the latissimus dorsi muscles, where tissue is reused to reconstruct the breast. Often the brachial nerve is cut, and the pectoralis muscle is sometimes removed to get at the cancer cells. Damaged nerves in these areas can cause arm and shoulder problems, and can be a weakness in the chest which pulls the shoulder forward.

She uses her laser pen on CLRT points for shoulder and arm problems, and directly on the body for burns, wounds and ulcers.

I was intrigued, and shocked, by her view, backed up by an NHS specialist, that radiotherapy causes fibrosis to build and build throughout life, after treatment. MLD keeps it soft, especially when she combines laser with a Hivamat machine.

I was reminded of a R.A.G.E (Radiotherapy Action Group Exposure) meeting I attended about three years ago. This group of women were left damaged by overdoses of radiotherapy, in the early years, when UK centres were deliberately placed far apart to save money, and treatments were doubled up because of this. A Class Action against the UK Government failed, and the women were left with useless body parts, mostly arms and hands after treatment for breast cancer, and terrible nerve pain. After the meeting I used the 808 infrared laser on some women with very bad pain, and they felt tingling and a lessening of pain as a result.

Its reflects badly on me, that after the meeting I got caught up in other issues, and never followed through on R.A.G.E.'s offer to publish an article on LLLT in their newsletter. It was dependent on Light for Health loaning some lasers for members to trial. I didn't have excess stock to use that way at the time, and should have worked to get proper funding to make this happen.

As an addendum, one of R.A.G.E.'s members contacted me in 2012, about her dental problems, and I have put up a blog detailing her case in 2013.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Kissing Spine Disease in Horses

Kissing Spines, also known as Basstrup's Disease or Baastrup's Syndrome, is a condition which mostly affects sport horses. This is probably because of the more stringent demands made on sport horses. Horses used for less strenuous work may have the condition but it could go unnoticed.
Kissing Spines is a slow degenerative condition of the bones/spines in the spinal column. The large spines which stick upwards from the vertebrae in the horse's back rub together and cause low grade inflammatory damage in the edges of the bone where they meet, causing extra bone to develop and compressing the soft tissue. Kissing Spines may cause tearing in ligaments - particularly when the horse jumps. The horse will constantly suffer low-grade pain increasing in severity when the weight of the saddle is felt on the back.
The most common area for Kissing spine is the rear vertebrae of the horse's thorax.

Q: A competitive horse owner’s horse had Kissing spine for many years.
When it started to give pain he could not compete. Can the laser deal with the pain enough to allow him to compete, even though it may not deal with the cause?

Answer from Dr Lytle: Yes, the Q Laser System will help the horse – probably quickly. Animals require less laser energy. Starting at the fetlock, using the 808 Enhancer as a tool to apply pressure, slowly run it along each vertebrae pressing firmly just to the side of each vertebral process all the way to the rump.
If the horse flinches leave the laser in that spot for 10-15 seconds and then move on. Do both sides of the vertebrae 1 hour before competition. Also apply mode 2 of the Q1000 for 30-45 seconds in the depression below the ear and above the eye. You will get an improvement in performance.