Dog Joint Pain and Arthritis Relief
Canine Light Therapy can help.
Our dogs are members of our family and whether our wonderful friends are competitors or companions, we want them to be as happy and healthy as possible. If you are like us, your dog doesn't live outside tethered to a rope, your dog lives in the house with you, eats in the kitchen, watches tv with you and is part of the family. What do you do when your best friend starts getting older and you see a little limp or trouble getting up? Your veterinarian may suggest one of the many drugs out there, Rimadyl or Previcox or a variety of other anti inflammatories and they are great short term, but most come with side effects.
Now there is a way to help your best buddy without drugs and the side effects that come with them and you can treat them at home with a modality that is proven to be effective for treating arthritis and joint pain. You may have heard of Cold LASER, LLLT, or Light Therapy, many veterinarians are having success relieving pain and inflammation treating with this wonderful technology. Now you can treat your dog at home with the same therapeutic energy, without the stress of getting in and out of the car and at a fraction of the cost with Canine Light Therapy. So what is this light therapy? It is a safe, effective way to stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms and it has no side effects.
So how does it work? LED light therapy is really a way to help the body heal itself. The lights have specific wavelengths that are absorbed by the mitochondria of the cell. The energy (photons) from the lights increase the energy within the cell that speeds up the healing process. The lights must be specific wavelengths and must be delivered at a specific dosage. Using both red and infrared lights is beneficial because the wavelengths are absorbed by different depths of tissue. The combination of the two work in concert to provide benefits for soft tissue injuries, inflammation, ligament soreness, tendon problems, sore backs, splints, strains, stifle issues, sprains, swelling, shoulder pain, hip pain, sore backs, sore necks, salivary gland problems, wounds, cuts, scrapes, arthritis pain and for trigger points and acupuncture points.
Science Based Technology - Research Proven Results
Research: "Effect of light-emitting diode (LED) therapy on the development of osteoarthritis (OA) in a rabbit model"
by Yasushi Oshima, Richard D. Coutts, Neil M. Badlani, Robert M. Healey, Toshikazu Kubo, David Amiel
"Conclusions: There was general preservation of the articular surface and decreased levels of inflammation in the osteoarthritic joints with the application of LED therapy."
Research: "Biphasic Dose Response in Low Level Light Therapy"
by Ying-Ying Huang, Aaron C.-H. Chen, James D. Carroll, Michael R. Hamblin
This is a wonderful paper which goes into depth in discussion and explanation of the mechanisms of
light for healing and pain relief.
"The use of low levels of visible or near infrared light for reducing pain, inflammation and edema, promoting healing of wounds, deeper tissues and nerves, and preventing cell death and tissue damage has been known for over forty years since the invention of lasers."
"Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is the application of light (usually a low power laser or LED in the range of 1mW – 500mW) to a pathology to promote tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The light is typically of narrow spectral width in the red or near infrared (NIR) spectrum (600nm – 1000nm), with a power density (irradiance) between 1mw-5W/cm2. It is typically applied to the injury for a minute or so, a few times a week for several weeks. Unlike other medical laser pro- cedures, LLLT is not an ablative or thermal mechanism, but rather a pho- tochemical effect comparable to photosynthesis in plants whereby the light is absorbed and exerts a chemical change."
And it Works!!
I bought the medium sized pad at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. I've been using it on my dog who has IMPA (Immune-mediated polyarthritis). She is moving better, and most dramatic, she has gotten off my bed unaided at least 3 times in these last two weeks. It has been months since that has happened, except maybe the day after we see our vet chiropractor. Today Candy had her regular appointment at the vet chiro. I brought the pad to show off and Dr. Robin already knew about it. She found Candy much looser, and her head and neck were in much better alignment than usual.
Candy asks for the light pad at times, but she also tells me when she’s had enough. She is so smart! Our vet chiro, is very pleased with Candy's progress since we've been using the light. Now to be fair and honest, I have to admit we're also doing core exercises, but the combination is working synergistically. Candy is so much better and happier! She may not want to walk farther - it is Houston and therefore, very humid! But she is happier and moves so much better. I am so very thankful that we met and that light therapy is now a part of our daily routine. And the best is the intangible -- she's happier. Thank you, from both of us!
M Cooper and Candy
Katie is a Labrador Retriever who was rescued from New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. She recently suffered medical problems that cause her to have joint pain and she is losing her vision. She is an all around athlete who enjoys agility, dock diving, and flyball.
Katie continues to play flyball with her teammates on the Queen City Road Runners flyball club. Her pain is managed using light therapy. I use the Canine Light Therapy pad each evening after racing with great results.
Thanks, Deb Y.
Many of our clients incorporate the use of "Gospel's" Light Therapy pads as a regular part of their daily routine. It is a non-invasive, easy to use, affordable way to help keep your partner comfortable and happy! Click here to see what some of our clients have to say about Equine & Canine Light Therapy!
Questions? Please call us, 615.293.3025. We are here to make you and your buddy feel better! We've been helping people help animals since 2004!