Laser Therapy Helps Pets Heal
Cold laser also known as low-level laser therapy is a form of photo-therapy used to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain management. The laser uses focused red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of your pet's skin.
This non-invasive, massage-like therapy uses light wave technology to gently stimulate cells deep in the pet’s tissue.
- Helps remove damaged tissue
- Releases endorphins for natural pain relief,
- Lessens inflammation
- Stimulates protein development
- Boosts cell metabolism.
The biochemical effect of the low-level light increases the production of cellular energy and thus promotes cellular regeneration, production of collagen for tissue repair, and vascular dilation and synthesis for better circulation. Light from the low-level laser also encourages production of the body's natural pain-relievers.
What conditions are most often treated with low-level laser therapy?
Low-level laser can be used to treat a myriad of conditions but within the realm of rehabilitation is used mainly on musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains) and arthritis. It also helps to release tight muscles, stimulate nerve regeneration, reduce inflammation and aid in pain management.
This treatment is ideal for pets with:
- Joint injuries
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Swelling from trauma
Contact us to ask whether cold laser therapy will help your pet.
What is the history of low-level laser therapy in veterinary medicine?
The first low-level laser was developed in 1960 and early testing showed an increase in the speed and overall success of the healing process when it was used. Originally used for wound repair, clinical trials done throughout the 1970's showed the applicability of the low-level laser in therapy to be more widespread than previously thought. The 1990's came with the invention of more powerful and effective versions of the cold laser, eventually increasing its popularity in the field of rehabilitation.
On which types of animals is low-level laser therapy practiced?
Animals involved in sports or other physically demanding activities have been the most common candidates for low-level laser therapy. Horses and sled dogs are among those most frequently benefiting from this form of therapy, as their lifestyles make them more prone to injury. However, as the field of canine and feline rehabilitation expands, use of the low-level laser is becoming more popular as it has some tremendous benefits.