Laser light therapy is a novel, cutting-edge treatment modality that is used in people and pets to treat a variety of conditions in a non-invasive and non-painful manner. It can be used alone or in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from injury, healing from wounds, or experiencing pain from arthritis and other chronic conditions, he or she can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
How Does Laser Light Therapy Work?
A laser light beam is passed across your pet’s skin, directly above the area where the pain is coming from. The photonic energy of the laser light is absorbed by the cells of the damaged tissue, a process called photobiostimulation, causing a biochemical cascade of events within the cells resulting in:
- Pain Relief (analgesia)
- Reduction of Inflammation
- Acceleration of tissue repair and wound healing
- Stimulation of blood vessels and blood flow
- Increased cellular metabolic activity
- Reduction in fibrous tissue formation
- Improved nerve function
- Stimulation of the local immune system
- Stimulation of acupuncture points
All of which leads to an increase in healing and decreased pain and scarring associated with the condition being treated.
A typical treatment session lasts 3 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the pet, the size of the treatment area and the specific condition being treated. No anesthesia is required and your pet will feel extremely comfortable during the treatment sessions. For acute conditions, pain relief is provided within just a few minutes of therapy. It usually takes more time for the benefits to be noticed with chronic conditions. Some conditions only require single treatments whereas most chronic conditions require a multiple session treatment plan to be drawn up by one of our veterinarians.
Applications for Laser Light Therapy include:
- Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease and back/disc disease
- General soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains etc)
- Fractures and ligament injuries (in conjunction with surgery)
- Abscesses and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns etc)
- Ear infections (chronic and acute)
- Post-surgery pain control and healing (spays, neuters, declaws and other surgeries)
- Skin diseases (hot spots, lick granulomas, feline acne, eosinophilic complexes)
- Dental procedures (extraction sites, inflammatory diseases)