We offer a wide range of procedures that can help reduce pain, aid healing and assist us in pinpointing problem pain areas in your pet. Sound waves, lasers, ultrasound and nerve stimulators each play a role in helping a pet heal or feel more comfortable.
Acoustic Compression Therapy
Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT) uses soundwaves to provide a deep-tissue massage. Our equipment allows us to alter the soundwaves to varying depths to pinpoint specific areas in the muscles, tendons, and joints. During treatment, it stimulates blood flow to affected areas, relieving inflammation and pain. The overall goal of using ACT is to provide pain relief and improve circulation to support healing. Pets with severe arthritis or tendon issues can benefit very well from this therapy.
Class 4 Laser
Laser therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of treatment that uses low level light particles to improve soft tissue repair, blood flow and reduce pain for patients recovering from injury, a surgery or a chronic physical condition. The laser enhances healing at a cellular level, increasing cell regeneration and blood flow to the affected area. It decreases pain and inflammation while generating healing. A simple probe is applied to the affected area during treatment. While treatment is being performed, people and pets in the area are asked to wear protective eye gear even though we do not aim the probe at anyone’s eyes.
Laser therapy has no known side effects. It also creates a subtle warming sensation on contact, providing comfort to a patient and helping them relax during treatment.
Therapeutic ultrasound uses the same technology as its imaging counterpart. It allows us to heat the effected tissue on a deeper level so it can reach more remote injuries and it encourages inflammation so that the affected area will heal more quickly. It assists on healing bone fractures and also makes muscles less rigid allowing us to increase the length of the muscle or tendon. After 10 minutes of ultrasound, we will begin to do range of motion exercises or move to the underwater treadmill.
Thermography uses an infrared camera to detect heat patterns and blood flow in body tissues. It helps us determine whether the source of a patient’s pain is in their joints or in their nerves. Inflammation in the joints shows up on the image as red/orange; nerve pain as blue.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS is a type of electrotherapy in which electrodes are placed on the skin to transmit low electrical currents into target areas to disrupt pain pathways. TENS can reduce muscle spasms, strengthen atrophied muscles, and improve joint mobility. It can also improve osteoarthritis together with daily exercise and weight management. This therapy is similar to electroacupuncture in that they both use electric current to stimulate areas where nerve bundles converge (acupuncture points).