The Use of Acupuncture and Polarized Light Therapy for Treatment of Paresis in a Rear Limb of a Dog due to a Fractured Vertebra

Kiyokazu Naganobu, 1 Toshikatsu Yamamoto, 2 Noriko Shimizu, 3 Yashuhi Iga, 1 Hiroshi Kido, 4, Mitsuyoshi Hagio 1
Veterinary Surgery, Miyazaki University, 1 Aishinkai Yamamoto Hospital, 2 AcaciaAnimal Hospital, 3 Kido, Animal Hospital 4

[Case history]

Dog, Irish setter, female, 6 years old. A fracture at the L7 vertebral due to a traffic accident had been surgically reduced and fixed. Coxofemoral luxation had been untreated. Loss of sensation below the distal half of the lateral crus on the right pelvic limb persisted, but normal sensation was perceived int the medial. Micturation disorder also persisted.

[Acupuncture and polarized light therapy]

Acupuncture and polarized light therapy was started at 280 hospital day. Spot type polarized light therapy equipment (Super Lizer, Tokyo Iken, Tokyo Japan) was used for the polarized light therapy. Both acupuncture and polarized light therapy were performed on the head employing the “Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture” method which has been developed for humans. Some points on the lower back were also exposed to the therapy. The day the therapy started, sensitive area on the right pelvic limb expanded to the distal crus. The therapy lasted intermittently for 86 days. The sensitive area further expanded to the distal half of the tarsus. Paresis of the right limb and micturation disorder did not change.


Acupuncture and polarized light therapy were believed to contribute to the partial recovery of sensation in the pelvic limb in this dog case.