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The Power of Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) in Veterinary Care


Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is revolutionizing veterinary care by using specific wavelengths of light to promote healing and reduce pain in animals. This non-invasive and painless therapy is making waves, especially in zoo settings, where the welfare of diverse species is a top priority.

What is PBMT?

PBMT uses lasers and LEDs to emit light within the visible and infrared spectrums. This light stimulates biological processes in tissues, leading to three primary therapeutic effects:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Reducing swelling and inflammation.
  • Analgesic: Providing pain relief.
  • Regeneration: Promoting the healing of damaged tissues.

The therapy works by stimulating chromophores in the cells, which enhances cellular respiration and metabolism, ultimately boosting ATP production—an essential energy source for cells.

Historical Context

The use of light for healing dates back centuries. In 1903, the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology was awarded for the use of phototherapy in treating diseases. Dr. Endre Mester, often considered the father of laser biostimulation, used low-power red light to treat wounds in both humans and animals, demonstrating faster healing times.

How Does PBMT Work?

The therapy involves a process where light photons penetrate the skin and are absorbed by chromophores in the cells. This stimulates the mitochondrial electron transport chain, increasing ATP production and promoting various cellular processes. These processes help reduce pain and inflammation and support tissue regeneration.

Applications in Veterinary Medicine

PBMT is gaining popularity in treating various conditions in both domestic and exotic animals. Here's how it's being used:

  • Wound Healing: PBMT accelerates cell reproduction and growth, leading to faster repair of damaged tissues. It also improves collagen deposition and reduces edema.
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions: PBMT offers immediate pain relief and can be used to manage conditions like arthritis and vertebral misalignment. For instance, a green moray eel with vertebral issues showed improved movement after just one session of PBMT.
  • Zoo Animals: At the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo, PBMT is used to treat a range of conditions, from wounds in aardvarks to arthritis in lemurs. The therapy is integrated into comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each animal's needs.

PBMT is a versatile and valuable tool in veterinary medicine. Its non-invasive nature makes it an excellent option for treating a wide range of conditions in animals, from everyday pets to exotic zoo inhabitants. As more veterinarians adopt this technology and research continues to evolve, PBMT's role in promoting animal health and welfare is set to expand even further.