Respond Systems has lasers available for rent, which could help get some of you through this Stay at Home time – particularly those of you who had laser as part of your treatment plan previously. Respond Systems has a 3-month minimum rental period, and it is quite a substantial financial commitment. But, we wanted to let you know that the option is there. If you choose to rent a laser, Respond Systems will do a video-chat with you to help you use it properly and effectively and your CFE doctor will weigh in on the protocol. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By Rachel Stephensen, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CVFT, CCRT
In the last several years, the veterinary community has embraced therapeutic laser as a treatment option for pets. The term “laser” is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In 1917, Einstein worked on a theory of changes in energy related to photon movement in light atoms (1). It wasn’t until 1960 that the first working laser was produced by Theodore Maiman. His laser fulfilled the attributes now known to give therapeutic laser its benefits: monochromatic, coherent, and collimated rays of light (1). Endre Mester, the “father of low level laser therapy,” developed a device in the 1960s in an attempt to cure cancer in rats that, though it failed at its intended use, contributed to more rapid healing of superficial conditions compared to the current methods of the time (1). Although used in Russia and Europe for over 45 years, therapy laser was not approved in the USA until 2002 (1).