What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment and very relaxing for your pet! Laser Therapy accelerates the body’s natural healing process through photo-bio-modulation. There are no side effects from the treatment and it is a very safe therapy. Many dogs really enjoy the therapy and find the massage head particularly relaxing. The most common condition we use the therapy for is to reduce pain in arthritic joints however it can be used on a range of conditions where we are looking to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and speed up the body’s natural healing properties. Please see the condition’s page for further guidance on what the therapy can be used to treat.
What can it be used for?
- Acute Conditions
- Cuts/ Bites
- Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
- Sprains, Strains & Fractures
- Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
- Chronic Conditions
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Periodontal Disease
- Lick Granulomas
- Geriatric Care
- Hip Dysplasia
- Feline Acne
What are the clinical benefits of laser therapy?
- Non-pharmacologic pain relief
- Effective for difficult conditions
- Alternative to surgery
- Fast treatment times
- Easy, comfortable, non-invasive treatment
What are the biological effects of laser therapy?
Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.
- Analgesic Effect
Laser Therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of nociceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.
- Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.
- Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.
- Increased Metabolic Activity
The energy from photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.
- Trigger Points and Acupuncture PointsLaser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.
- Improved Nerve Function
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.
Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through
stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy
is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser
light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the
production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cellular energy
and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
- Faster Wound Healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce
collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged
tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old
tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is
effective on open wounds and burns.
Our training and equipment are supplied by LiteCure LLC who specialise in laser therapy. More information can be found on their website: http://www.litecure.com/companion/