New ideas, new techniques, new modalities

Meet Charley – the amazing Red Lighting Magnetically Vibrating Chocolate Lab.

Some months ago. we bought a Low-Level Light Therapy device to target some relief for Sarah.  Recently I completed my certification for the application of Phototherapy.

How does it work?  The manufacturers explain it well here:

And now we have a Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) machine with a variety of mats.  This site ( has a simple explanation of how that device works : “Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy can decrease inflammation and pain, increase the rate of tissue repair and regeneration.  This painless modality can be used adjunctively with rehabilitation sessions or daily at home.  PEMF uses pulsing electromagnetic fields to jump start and accelerate normal biological cellular reactions. A small battery current is pulsed through a coil to create the electromagnetic field and initiate the biological cellular reactions. Cells contain electrically charged particles called ions that govern all cellular processes. When the body is stressed (by illness, competition, environmental factors or age) the cellular membrane that conducts the essential ions into and out of the cell becomes compromised and is unable to efficiently do its job of managing the transport of these ions. The PEMF machine generates a magnetic field that creates motion with these ions immediately and positively directly impacts these and the membrane potential to stimulate them into action. The result is an increase in cellular communication and circulation, a decrease in inflammation and pain and a resulting acceleration of healing. There are no side effects seen with the use of PEMF.”

Me, being the scientist I am, researched further and this, very technical, journal item explains it in great depth

What does all this technical jargon this mean to our Sarah?  Well, she is treated on the large mat every morning after her first walk, targeting both hips, knees, paws and lower back – all her achy bits.  In the evening she is treated with the Vetcare light, targeting specific areas of issue.  Both may contribute to ease her discomfort.

Our Sam is suspicious of everything that he can’t eat (or pee on).  And would wriggle off the mat.  Now with the smaller mat, we can slide it under his elbow, which is where his arthritis is worse, and he just continues snoozing.  Similarly, he can be also be targetted on that area with the Vetcare.

What does it mean to us?  We use the PEMF device on our hips, knees, back and neck……and it is so soothing.  For a long while after, we feel young again – well……young-ish.  But it is a device that we can see and feel working.  If it feels as good on our dogs as it does on us, then that is a big addition to their multimodal therapy regime.

Meanwhile, back to Charley.  Like Sarah, his aches and pains are centred on his rear end.  As a bigger boy, he can lie on the PEMF mat while having his photo therapy and being massaged.  After that, we can then target any new niggles he has picked up – I this case, his elbow on which we used the smaller mat.  All in the same session.

After his second multi-therapy session, his Mum, who is now very observant to changes in his gait and behaviour, wrote “Charley has just woke up, bright eyed and bushy tailed.  We went for a short walk- lots of energy, pretty fast I have to say, no sound of nails dragging, front paws back to front position, tail wagging. Thank you so much Les- happy doggy, happy mummy! Now we have to risk the temptation to overdo it.”

Treatments evolve and improve – new ideas, new techniques and modalities are continually being introduced. Here at AchyPaw, we look into these developments and, where appropriate, offer and incorporate them into our treatment regimes.

Have a read of our case histories and feedback and, if you think we could help you and your four-legged friend, give us a call or drop us an email.  In order to treat your dog, we need a vet consent form – for the most part this is a no-fee formality to allow your vet to check our credentials and approve the treatment as a complement to any treatment they may already be providing.


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