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Are You lasering the Brain Yet? No? Well, Get On With It Already!!
Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT is, in a word, the "guru" of animal rehabilitation and physiotherapy. We can indeed call her a "pioneer" in this field, and she continues to educate, innovate, and even provoke with her weekly tutorials. For many of us in this field, she is inspiring. Veterinary professionals interested in following Laurie should check her out here FOURLEG. Below is Laurie's thought-provoking pitch on lasering the brain. ...
The Right Dose is Needed For Laser Therapy to Succeed
Dosing Advances in Photobiomodulation (laser therapy). Gaining a better understanding of the advancements in photobiomodulation can help you maximize the benefits of this technology in a veterinary clinic setting. The positive effects of photobiomodulation therapy (PBM; formerly low level laser therapy, or LLLT) were originally observed in a rodent model more than 60 years ago by Dr. Endre Mester when he noted the effects this application of light had on...
Palliative Care Physiotherapy
I’ve been messaging back and forth with a UK animal physio about a case that turned out to be a nerve sheath tumor. The most recent round of discussion has been about treatment now that the diagnosis has been established. The diagnosing veterinarian told the owner to stop physiotherapy as it wouldn’t be of any benefit. My suggestion is palliative care if the owners are interested and willing in nurturing...
What Do We Know About Rehab Modalities in Horses?
While people might extol the virtues of various rehabilitation modalities, those testimonials rarely rely on the science surrounding the techniques. Following injuries, which are frequent events in athletic horses, owners and trainers commonly seek one or more alternative therapies to facilitate rehabilitation. While many people extol the virtues of rehabilitation modalities, claiming they expedite the healing process or even cure the horse, those testimonials rarely rely on the science surrounding...
This non-invasive modality can successfully treat a range of orthopedic and soft tissue problems in animals. Though most commonly used for horses, shockwave therapy also has many applications in small animal practice. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can speed the healing of many types of orthopedic and soft tissue injuries and conditions. It has been used in Europe in human medicine to treat tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, rotator...
What Is Laser Therapy for Dogs?
Laser therapy — sometimes referred to as cold laser therapy — is a procedure that's been available to treat humans for decades. Only in recent years has it begun to be used to treat various conditions in dogs. But what is it, and is it safe for your dog? Read on to learn about cold laser therapy for dogs and how it might help ease your pooch's pain. Laser Therapy...
What Are the Different Types of Dog Physical Therapy?
If your dog is recovering from injury or surgery, canine physical therapy is frequently the next step in the healing process. Dog physical therapy is an adaptation of the same types of techniques and modalities used for humans. The goal is to decrease pain while increasing increase mobility, function and overall quality of life. Here you’ll find an overview on the variety of different treatments and their pros and cons....
The Value of Integrative Veterinary Medicine
As most veterinary professionals know, the health of a patient is more than the sum of its various parts and systems. Besides absence of illness or injury, a pet’s well-being encompasses lifestyle, nutrition, behavior and exercise. Nobody understands this like veterinarians who take an integrative approach to patient care. Treatments and services such as acupuncture, phototherapy, nutraceuticals and rehabilitation are becoming less “alternative” and more mainstream all the time, especially...