Cold Laser Therapy

We are delighted to be able to offer Summus Cold-Laser Veterinary Physical Therapy in our practice at Highland Veterinary Clinic. This service is easily performed at our comfortable veterinary clinic in Evansville, IN. Melissa Gormley and Dr. Gregg J. Gormley are certified in Cold-Laser therapy, and Dr. Gormley is experienced in providing traditional acupuncture as well as acupuncture techniques that use the cold-laser therapy system here at Highland.

What is Cold-Laser Therapy?

Photobiomodulation (PBM) is the use of red and near-infrared light, which is absorbed by endogenous chromophores, triggering biological reactions through photochemical or photophysical events, leading to physiological changes. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) is the therapeutic application of PBM which initiates a compounding beneficial metabolic response deep beyond the cells of damaged tissues, helping the patient heal quickly from a variety of conditions.

More simply put: Cold-laser therapy utilizes specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light to stimulate the natural healing processes within your pet’s body. It does this by increasing circulation and therefore drawing additional oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that facilitates the reduction of inflammation, swelling, stiffness, muscle spasms and pain that your pet might otherwise be experiencing. Healing is expedited and full function and mobility are swiftly restored so that your pet can get back to enjoying a happy, active and pain-free life.

When is Cold-Laser Therapy Used?

Summus Cold-Laser Therapy has shown to be beneficial in a number of areas of veterinary care. There are three key areas in which is it used. These are:

Pain Management

Most owners dislike the idea of their pet taking prescription pain relief. Fortunately, K-Laser can offer a natural, non-invasive alternative to medication.

Wound Healing

While all wounds require time to heal, cold-laser therapy can substantially reduce healing time and benefit both trauma and dermatological patients, while also improving the quality of surrounding tissue so that it is stronger and there is less scarring.


Certain types of injury and surgery require pets to have rehabilitation services such as physical therapy and massage to make the best possible recovery. Cold-laser therapy can assist with your pet’s rehabilitation, enabling her to recover quicker.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing Cold-Laser Therapy for your Pet?

There is a range of advantages to choosing a cold-laser for your pet. These include:

  • Expedited healing
  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Targeted focus means minimal or no trauma to surrounding tissues
  • Short, painless treatment sessions—and no anesthesia!
  • A delayed need for medical intervention
  • More “Happy Visits” to HVC!

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of cold-laser therapy for your pet, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to have your pet assessed to see if they would be a good candidate for this therapy, please contact our offices by calling 812-867-6651.

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