What is a super pulsed laser?
Super pulsed lasers use a 904/905-nm wavelength and deliver light in a different way. The beam is flashed for only a brief
fraction of a second. Within that time, a burst of 25 to 60 watts of light energy (depending on the unit being used) is emitted.
Afterward, the light shuts off until the next timed burst. The premise behind this delivery model is that the superficial
cells are photo-bleached by the light, allowing easier penetration by the subsequent bursts of light. Super pulsed lasers
are reported to be beneficial for treating pain.
What's the bottom line?
Laser machines can be an effective tool in veterinary rehabilitation, but practitioners need to have a good understanding
of this modality before using it to treat their patients. Knowing the most appropriate dosages for each condition is critical,
as is the anatomical location where laser should be applied, how often and for how long. Training in rehabilitation is the
best way to acquire the skills needed to use laser therapy safely and effectively.
Ms. Hughes is co-owner of The Canine Fitness Centre Ltd., Calgary, Canada. She also is on the faculty of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute,
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