Colour Therapy & Light Therapy
What is Colour Therapy
Also known as Chromotherapy or “Colorology”, this is a holistic technique which is believed to help rebalance the body, (emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually). It works by applying colour and light to specific areas on the body. For many years colour therapy has been used to help the health of humans, and over recent years the use and effect of colours to help animals has been gaining popularity.
How does colour therapy help animals?
Different colours have different effects on the animal - which colour is down to the specific animal and its specific needs, including:
- White: Clarity/purity
- Blue: Tranquility - help pacify a nervous animal
- Green: Relieves tension
- Red: Increasing energy
- Yellow: Comfort/warmth, helpful in training
- Brown: Neutrality
The colours can be applied using various methods, including: gemstones, wands, prisms, coloured fabrics. This can be by a therapist/Vet using colours in a therapy session (e.g. light pens, cards, fabrics, etc) or on an everyday level, you choosing particular colour feed bowls/water buckets or other day to day objects to have a positive effect on your animal's wellbeing.
Can animals see different colours?
Research has shown that animals can see colour – although it’s believed this is in a different way to what humans do. Different species of animals will also see varying colours - e.g. a cat will see different to a dog and so on. Science says that everything has a vibration/frequency, and that includes colours. So, as colour is light of differing wavelengths, it is this energy that produces the effect on the animal. Remember that not all colours can be seen - even by humans - ultraviolet light (UV) can't be seen, but it still burns or tans our skin. The same holds true for animals.
Some horses who showjump, may prefer jumping over certain colour poles. Research was conducted in 2014 that found horses had more faults over blue colour poles - read more about this fascinating research online here.
Who can practise colour therapy?
There are many complementary therapists working with animals and even Vets who use colour therapy as part of their treatment. Colour therapy is usually used as part of a holistic approach to promoting animal wellbeing, rather than by itself.
As is the case before using any complementary therapy, if your animal is unwell or experiencing any particular problems, then you should always seek professional help from your Veterinary Surgeon.
If colour therapy has interested you, you may also find “Light therapy” of interest (sometimes known as phototherapy). This combines visible and invisible light (e.g. infra-red) to help treat various ailments, by stimulating natural healing.
Low Level Laser therapy* is one form of light energy – using a single wavelength, and is used by many Vets to help with a variety of animal ailments - from tissue repair, reducing inflammation and pain relief.
*Also known as cold laser or soft laser.
Who can use this therapy & what animals can benefit?
Your Veterinary Surgeon will be able to advise if light therapy is a suitable treatment for your animal. Many different animals can potentially benefit - from horses, dogs, cats to many others!
More information on veterinary laser therapy
Wave behaviours https://science.nasa.gov/ems/03_behaviors
Understanding science of veterinary laser therapy https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/understanding-science-of-laser-therapy/
"An investigation into the depth of penetration of low level laser therapy through the equine tendon in vivo" (The Irish Veterinary Journal)
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