Alternative and Complementary Therapy

As alternative therapies have become more popular with pet owners, we have added these modalities to the services we offer. Alternative therapies, which are also referred to as “integrative” or “complementary” therapies, include acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, laser therapy, magnetic therapy, and massage therapy. We provide these therapies in conjunction with traditional medicine and surgery to help improve outcomes and to give us additional options for treating our patients. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about whether these types of therapy could benefit your pet.

Laser Therapy

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Laser therapy uses light to favor and accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. The laser beam is moved over the skin so that the light energy (photons) penetrates the tissue where it interacts with various molecules (chromophores) that cause different biological effects. It produces a photochemical, photothermal and photomechanical effect.

The energy from laser light interacts with tissue, generating biological effects:

PRIMARY BIOLOGICAL EFFECTSPhotochemical Effect

Photochemical Effect

Direct transfer of energy to the biological sublayers (endogenous or exogenic chromophores).

  • Enzymatic activation
  • Increase in ATP production
  • Modulation of cellular metabolism
  • Effect on pain perception threshold

Photothermal Effect

Photothermic interaction is based on the conversion of option radiation into thermal energy which, at a microscopic level, occurs through the inelastic encounter between excited molecules following the absorption of photons.

  • Increase in circulation
  • Increased supply of oxygen and nutrients

Photomechanical Effect

The absorption of energy involves the formation of mechanical waves.

  • Production of an extracellular matrix (important in tissue repair & regeneration)
  • Acceleration of lymphatic peristalsis
  • Re-absorption of edemas
  • Reactivation of microcirculation

Effects on Cells

  • Increase in ATP synthesis
  • Increase in the production of RNA
  • Increase in cellular proliferation
  • Induction of differentiation processes
  • Release of growth factors (fibroblasts) and other substances
  • Increase in the production of molecules of the extracellular matrix (fibroblasts & condrocytes)

Effects on Tissue

  • Modulation of the inflammatory processes
  • Remodeling of the extracellular matrix
  • Induction of lymphatic and vascular regeneration
  • Stimulation of the endothelial function
  • Reduction of the edema re-absorption times
  • Prevention against the formation of scar tissue and hyperkeratosic lesions

Systemic Effects

Analgesic effect:

  • Blocking of pain stimulus conduction
  • Hyperemia and “wash out” of the algogenic substances
  • Increase in endorphin synthesis
  • Pain threshold modulation

Anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect:

  • Increase in the caliber and modulation of lymphatic and capillary vessel permeability
  • Hyperemia and “wash out” of the pro-inflammatory molecules

Biostimulating effect:

  • Increase in the supply of nutrients, oxygen and growth factors
  • Cellular function activation
  • Modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation (e.g., nerve regeneration)
  • Increase of matrix protein synthesis
  • Reduction of scar tissue formation