The use of low level laser therapy (also sometimes called cold laser or photobiomodulation) is considered within the chiropractic scope of practice in Minnesota. Animal chiropractors can use laser as an enhancement to their chiropractic adjustments to help their clients reach maximum functional improvement. Laser can also be used to prepare the patient for the adjustment – an example being to calm muscles that may be too tight or tender to allow an effective adjustment to be performed comfortably. The laser therapy may be performed just prior to the adjustment during the same visit, on separate visits leading up to an adjustment, or on separate visits between adjustments.
Each of the doctors of Chiropractic for EveryBody have a cold laser in their tool kit. The doctors have different types of lasers, but they are all used for the same purpose – to help you animal feel and function better.
Lasers have multiple settings. Different protocols are used for different conditions. Your doctor will choose the protocol best suited to your pet’s specific situation.
You will probably be asked to consider a series of 4-6 laser treatments if the situation warrants a full-blown laser treatment protocol. The therapeutic effects of laser are considered cumulative over a succession of treatments.
What does laser therapy do?
We use it to reduce pain.
Laser helps increase the efficiency of the cells to which it is applied. It has been shown to decrease inflammation and decrease pain sensation. It can be used to stimulate acupuncture point L14 – Hegu for systemic pain management.
Your doctor may recommend that it be used in cases of:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Painful chiropractic subluxation
- Disc herniation
- Acute soft tissue injury, i.e. muscle strains
- Geriatric care
- Athlete care