Canine experts at Moreton Morrell take part in ground-breaking light therapy research - The Leamington Observer

Canine experts at Moreton Morrell take part in ground-breaking light therapy research

CANINE experts at Moreton Morrell College have found that a light therapy product can significantly improve the joints of dogs with osteoarthritis.

The college was appointed by DermaWrap Ltd to conduct a research project to analyse the effectiveness of its HeaLED Wrap for Pets product, which can be used for the relief of arthritis, enhanced wound healing and the relaxation of muscle tissue in animals.

Rebecca Sidwell, veterinary physiotherapist and lecturer in veterinary physiotherapy and canine animal therapy, and Ruth Bentley Colquhoun, course manager and lecturer in equine and animal science at the college, have been leading the research.

They were supported by veterinary physiotherapy BSc Hons students Stephen Buck and Shanice Green.

The team conducted a research project to test the product’s effectiveness on supporting dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the lower limb joints.

The research involved 12 dogs whose movement was analysed for three weeks to gather baseline data, before their owners were tasked with using the light wraps at specific intervals over an 11-week period.

The dogs visited the college a number of times throughout the trial and a variety of tests were conducted to measure the dogs’ range of joint motion and their movement was also videoed.

The data was then analysed and found that the dogs showed a significant improvement in their range of knee motion. A full report on the results is now being compiled.

Rebecca said: “DermaWrap originally began creating LED face masks for humans before branching out into the veterinary field, so this was an excellent opportunity to collaborate with an established company to test the efficacy of a product which can be used at home to support pets.

“It was also a good opportunity for the students involved to gain hands-on experience in conducting a research project.

“Osteoarthritis is such a debilitating disease, so it was lovely to see the animals improve during the trial and fantastic to be involved in research for a product which could make a real difference to the lives of pets with the condition.”

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