What is Photobiomodulation?
Photobiomodulation is a non-invasive therapy that uses blue, low-energy light to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, accelerate healing and improve skin conditions.
Photobiomodulation devices emit a low level of light that is absorbed by cells in your pet’s body. This energy then triggers the body’s natural reactions to heal itself. It has been clinically proven to treat pain, inflammation, wound healing, and other conditions in animals when administered appropriately.
How does it work?
This pain-free procedure is very straightforward. It’s performed by first applying Phovia™ chromophore gel to the area to be treated and then the use of an LED lamp. The energy from the lamp’s light then interacts with the chromophores of the body, which causes cellular stimulation at different depths of the skin.
Photobiomodulation increases blood flow to the area being treated, which brings oxygen and nutrients critical for tissue repair. It also increases mitochondrial function and ATP production, protein synthesis (the building blocks of skin), and collagen production (a fibrous protein that gives strength to the skin). One of the major benefits of this technique is that it can reduce the duration of certain treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics for injuries or chronic conditions.
What conditions can be treated with Photobiomodulation?
Several conditions can be treated with Photobiomodulation, including:
- Surgical incisions
- Perianal fistulas
- Interdigital furunculosis
- Superficial and deep pyoderma
- Skin infections
- Injuries and wounds
What benefits can be expected from Photobiomodulation?
Photobiomodulation therapy has been shown to reduce pain, improve wound healing and increase range of motion. Its other benefits include:
- Reduction in nerve damage
- Decreased stiffness and inflammation
- Improved strength and energy levels
- Reduced need for medication
Does my pet need to be anesthetized for Photobiomodulation treatment?
Photobiomodulation therapy is non-invasive and therefore does not require anesthesia. The light is completely safe, and your pet will not feel much at the treatment site.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the problem being treated. For example, treating a small injury may take less time than treating chronic inflammation.
If you believe your pet may benefit from Phovia™ Photobiomodulation treatment, contact us today to speak with a member of the VIP Animal Hospital team. We’ll take the time to understand your pet’s unique needs and tailor a custom treatment plan to suit them.