We are excited to announce that we are now utilizing a Class 4 Therapeutic Laser system from K-Laser as an additional therapy for our patients.
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 the potential to have MANY beneficial effects and you may have seen or heard some seemingly outrageous claims over the years with regards to what lasers can do.
That said there are four widely accepted therapeutic benefits of laser therapy that can be backed up with peer reviewed scientific research:
1) Biostimulation/Tissue Regeneration
2) Reduction of Inflammation
3) Pain reduction, either chronic or acute
4) Antibacterial and Antiviral
Bio stimulation and tissue regeneration are the first effects cited in much of the literature.
So what does this do for the patient?
Some therapeutic applications which have shown promising results in horses based on studies include:
Arthritis • Back Pain • Dental Applications • Laminitis • Nerve Regeneration • Pain (Musculoskeletal, Myofascial, Nerve) • Scars • Skin Disorders • Sports Injuries • Tendonitis • Wound Healing
The effects of red light on cellular function have been known since 1880 however the clinical benefits were only discovered by accident during laser safety tests in 1967. The first low-power lasers suitable for treating pain became available commercially in the late 1970's and ever since then, laser therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors. Now, after FDA approval in 2001, laser therapy is quickly gaining popularity in the USA.
Dr Bonnie is very excited to be able to offer laser therapy to her chiropractic, especially to help relax muscles and decrease inflammation in areas that the patient may dislike having adjusted. For her accupuncture clients, she is able to utilize a setting on the Laser that is used to stimulate accupuncture points, allowing accupuncture treatment of needle shy animals, or of points that may be difficult to place needles.
Dr Anne has been using therapeutic laser treatments on some of our older arthritic patients and has been seeing improved movement and decreased pain! She's very excited to have laser therapy available to the equine athlete portion of our patient population as well, and will be using laser therapy as an adjunctive treatment for sports medicine conditions.
We will also be offering laser therapy to help speed wound healing and decrease the formation of proud flesh and scar tissue!