What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the use of laser light to stimulate biological processes that lead to faster healing and pain relief. Lasers used for therapy use much less power that surgical lasers, and beneficial effects come not from heat, but from the stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes. Like plants absorbing sunlight through photosynthesis, the cells in the body absorb laser energy. This stimulates the body to release its own pain relieving chemical compounds.
What applications are treated with laser?
- Post-surgical pain management
- Wound healing
- Lick granulomas
- Neurologic injury
- Muscle tears
- Dental procedures
- Trauma & bruising
- Tendon & ligament tears
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
Any condition that causes swelling and pain can be treated with laser. Most treatments take from 3-8 minutes, and are frequently conducted in conjunction with other forms of rehabilitation therapy, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, ice, TENS, and joint mobilization.
Is there scientific evidence of the effectiveness of Laser Therapy?
There are thousands of studies over the last 40 years demonstrating beneficial effects of laser therapy on a wide range of conditions: wound healing, nerve regeneration, reduction of edema, pain relief and anti-microbial properties, for example. Laser therapy has also been approved by the U.S. FDA and many international health agencies for use on human patients.
How Is Laser Therapy administered?
First, the laser probe is placed on the area requiring treatment. Then the laser light is emitted at a specific power and duration to deliver the correct therapeutic dosage. When the system beeps, it indicates the dosage is delivered safely, and the probe is then moved to the next treatment area.
What will my pet feel?
Patients do not need to be sedated or restrained, and your pet will likely not feel the laser treatment. Human patients will often say they feel a pleasant tingling at the treatment site, but laser therapy causes no heating or burning. Soon after the first treatment, your pet may move with less pain or have a more relaxed stride and better range of motion. Often, a series of treatments will be necessary, but the healing process begins right away. As a non-invasive treatment with no side effects, laser therapy is ideal for treating post operative patients, and can be used to treat long-term, degenerative conditions instead of pharmaceuticals.
How often will my pet be treated?
While some conditions can be resolved with just a few treatments, it is not unusual for a chronic condition to require a number of treatments over a period of several weeks. Typically treatments are more frequent at the beginning and will taper down in frequency to maintain treatment objectives. A booster schedule may then be established based on your pet’s needs.