Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970′s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, laser therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Laser therapy has been proven to assist in:
- Neck, back or joint pain
- Edema & congestion
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Burns, wounds & post-traumatic injuries
- Post-surgical pain & rehabilitation
- Hip dysplasia
Acupuncture is known to have good therapeutic affects on a wide variety of animal diseases. Although pain moderation is an important application in veterinary acupuncture, it has much wider applications. It is generally considered to be beneficial for most functional disorders.
Generally speaking, indications for acupuncture therapy fall into three categories. First, it may be a primary therapy. In this instance, acupuncture is considered to be the method of choice or is selected as the principal modality of therapy. Second, it may be more appropriate to utilize acupuncture as supportive of adjunctive therapy. Third, acupuncture may be viewed as a backup or alternative therapy when standard treatments are inadequate.
Acupuncture is utilized by our practice for a wide variety of issues including musculoskeletal, neurological, dermatological and gastrointestinal disorders.