Therapeutic Ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate the skin and be absorbed by deeper muscle and tissues. Depending on the frequency and pulse selected, tissues may have accelerated healing processes, decreased pain, or increased flexibility.
Electrical Stimulation is a widely used therapy that can be used to decrease the perception of noxious pain, or for muscle contraction to increase strength. Dependent on the frequency of the electrical impulse, pulse duration, and intensity, “E-stim” can be used to build or maintain weakened muscles, decrease pain through the “gate control theory”, or encourage normal neurofeedback.
The Animal Rehab Center uses a Class 3B laser (sometimes also referred to as “Cold Laser”). Laser utilizes the benefit of light energy to stimulate cellular biochemical activity within tissues. It can slow the transmission of pain related to arthritis or muscle injury, enhance the healing of surgical incisions or wounds, and decrease inflammation in the body.
How does it work? Lasers (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) emit a beam of light of specific wavelengths and frequencies that penetrate tissue, initiating stimulatory biological reactions. The laser accelerates the process of mitosis to increase cellular metabolism and shorten the inflammatory cycle, which will reduce inflammation and speed the production of collagen. The Laser also releases endorphins in the body to help relieve pain.
Many different assistive devices can help protect weak joints, allow improved mobility and decrease the chance of injury. Our CCRPs can make recommendations on the best assistive device for your pet and help you with measurements.