What is laser therapy?
Laser stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”, laser treatment for pets employs a deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates injured cells to regenerate at an accelerated pace.
Therapeutic laser can also be referred to as “low level” or “cold” laser.
Laser therapy can be used for different kinds of conditions like:
- Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
- Lick granuloma
- Nervous system injuries and neurologic conditions
- Pain management
- Osteoarthritis etc
Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through vasodilation, this means opening of the blood vessels. It also activates the lymphatic drainage system, and therefore drains swollen areas. This results in a reduction of swelling which reduces pain. Laser also stimulates nerve cells to block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. Your pet will feel less pain, because there is less inflammation, less swelling and interruption of pain signals to the brain.
Laser therapy after surgery or injury relieves pain and stimulates the healing process. Laser works directly on injured areas, therefore it will speed up the healing process, strengthen muscles and tissues and improves mobility.
What can you expect during your laser therapy appointment?
The vet or nurse will hold a laser wand directly over the affected area, for between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the size of the affected area. We will ask you to wear protective glasses, to protect your eyes. There is no pain associated with this treatment. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling or no sensation at all.
In our practice we use Biolase. This machine has multiple functions that can help your pets. Not only can we use our laser machine for pain therapy and relief but also for dental and soft tissue procedures like dental cleaning, periodontal therapy and gingivectomy, and in surgical procedures for controlling bleeding, removing of diseased, infected and inflamed tissues and small mass removals.
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