At Acupet we use laser therapy for acupuncture and for treating specific conditions of the muscles, joints and tendons. Lasers are a very non-invasive and relatively quick treatment which animals tolerate very well. There are no reported side effects when used safely.
- Pain management
- Nerve repair
- Intervertebral disc disease: reduces pain and muscle spasm
- Post-surgical pain management
- Skin conditions: lick granulomas, pyodermas, otitis externa, fungal infections
- Dental: stomatitis
- Enhance fracture repair
- Reduces peripheral oedema
- To enhance wound repair e.g. burns, lacerations, poorly healing ulcers
The benefits of laser are huge and more knowledge about its effects and the number of conditions that can benefit from its application is growing annually. Results for management of acute pain are possible within 2 to 4 sessions, and within 1 to 7 sessions for chronic pain.
Lasers are classified by power output and their potential to cause damage to biological tissue if used incorrectly. Not all lasers are equal. Lasers with medical applications are class 3b and Class IV types. At Acupet we are trained in using Lasers safely.
Laser treatment results in the following effects known as photobiomodulation:
- Relieves pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases microcirculation (blood flow) to tissues resulting in acceleration in tissue repair and wound healing.
- Reduced scar tissue formation
- Enhances immune support in tissues treated.
Treatment with lasers can be combined safely with pain-relieving pharmaceutical agents and may allow a reduction or cessation of their use in time.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation)
Tens is essentially electrical stimulation for pain control.
Tens is a very comfortable modality whereby electrodes are placed around a painful area of the body (e.g. the hip) and varying levels of frequency and pulse duration of the current are applied to relieve pain and spasm. Acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions are treated. The patient experiences a slight tingling and pain relief is immediate and can last for up to 30 minutes to a few days post treatment.
It can be used daily on animals in chronic pain.
TENS has been used commonly to treat pain from osteoarthritis and to relieve chronic pain and spasm associated with intervertebral disc disease and lumbosacral instability.