Laser Therapy

Close up of the Companion LASER unit on a dog's lower back

PBM (Photobiomodulation) Therapy

Qi Veterinary Clinic uses a powerful 25-Watt, Companion LASER unit to administer the healing light wavelengths to our patients. The term photobiomodulation (PMB) is now the commonly accepted language to describe the process of administering this light energy to target tissues within the body. The Companion LASER has preprogrammed protocols to deliver energy to your animal companion's muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, connective tissues, and skin to speed healing.

Dog in Black googles Receiving Laser Therapy Treatment

How Does it Work?

Light in the near-infrared spectrum (700-1100 nanometers in wavelength) is emitted from a laser unit to the skin of the patient.  This light can penetrate to various tissue depths, depending upon the energy (joules) selected.  The target for this light is a portion of the mitochondria within the cells, termed the chromophore.  Mitochondria are the ‘power plants’ of the cells.

Absorption of this light energy increases the amount of energy a cell can produce in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate).  Furthermore, this light stimulation increases the amount of nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that is produced by the cell. Nitric oxide is a potent vasodilator allowing increased blood flow into tissues.

Together, the signaling molecules NO and ROS increase local growth factor production from the cells and increase cell proliferation and movement to help cells in their ‘efforts’ to repair tissue and manage inflammation. This is accomplished by delivering more oxygen, sugars, proteins and salts, while removing waste products from the tissues.

The Healing Power of Laser Therapy

We are now pleased to offer this service in the comfort of our new clinic, which is generally quiet and peaceful, featuring foam pads for patient comfort. Our skilled technicians, trained in the practice of administering LASER (PMB) therapy carefully apply this healing energy to our patients in a non-stressful appointment.

PMB is usually used to treat aching spinal and joint injuries, or soft tissue injuries. It’s an excellent choice for animals that may not appreciate acupuncture, chiropractic, or even massage. The application feels warm and is rather pleasant, and not painful. Most of our patients very much enjoy it!

Treatment duration can vary depending upon the size of the patient and the number of areas that need to be treated. Larger dogs, with many arthritic and painful areas may require up to 40 minutes of time, while cat treatments usually require just 5 minutes or less.

Does Laser Therapy Work?

We have seen impressive results in patients receiving it, and our experience is consistent with what is noted in the veterinary community. Protocols have been established for common conditions in patients, such as intervertebral disc disease and cranial cruciate ligament injury.

We recommend a series of five treatments be used to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and sell packages of treatments at a discount to facilitate the process.

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