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Therapeutic Photobiomodulation: A Necessary Component of a Veterinary Pain Management Strategy

Author: Ronald J. Riegel, DVM

In this article understand the biochemical cascade of events that takes place during photobiomodulation therapy.  Key points presented include:

  • Increased Endorphin Release
  • Increased Nitric Oxide
  • Decreased Bradykinin Levels
  • Blocked Depolarization of C Fiber Afferent Nerves
  • Increased Release of Acetylcholine
  • How to Deliver a Therapeutic Dosage
  • Frequency of Treatment for Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain
About the author(s)

Ronald J. Riegel, DVM

Co-Founder
The American Institute for Medical Laser Applications (AIMLA)

Dr. Ron Riegel is cofounder of the American Institute for Medical Laser Applications (AIMLA). His background in laser technology encompasses human, companion animal, and equine disciplines. He has spent the last two decades lecturing nationally and internationally to human and veterinary healthcare professionals. He has worked with therapeutic lasers since 1979.

Dr. Riegel has authored or co-authored more than a dozen papers and books including: Clinical Overview and Applications of Class IV Therapy Lasers, Laser Therapy for the Equine Athlete, and Laser Therapy in the Companion Animal Practice. He also founded and managed Equistar Publications and Illustrated Animal Books LLC.

In addition to his time as an educator and author, Dr. Riegel operated a multi-doctor private veterinary practice in Ohio for more than two decades. He also founded and later sold Premier Equine Health Products, a company which manufactured and distributed nutritional products for equine athletes globally.

Dr. Ron Riegel earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware. His doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine came from the University of Illinois. He served as a clinical instructor with the Ohio State University and is a member of the Academy of Human Neuromuscular Physiology.

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