Cold Laser Therapy
What Is Laser Therapy And How Does It Work?
Cold laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions, and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments. Laser treatment for animals employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, your animal's condition will influence how often and long laser therapy is necessary. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 3 to 8 minutes. Laser treatments for animals are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your animal’s condition. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so allow our personnel to work with your veterinarian to help devise a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your animal companion.
Laser therapy, also may be referred to as Cold Laser, Low-Level Laser or Class IV Laser Therapy. Each of these terms refers to the same therapy, using the same equipment to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.
What Types Of Conditions Can Laser Therapy Be Used To Treat?
Cold Laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
Hot Spots and wound healing
Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and hip dysplasia
Degenerative disc disease
Tendon, muscle, and suspensory injuries such as tears, tendinitis and desmitis
Synovitis and tenosynovitis
Laser Therapy for Pain Relief
Laser treatments are an excellent way to provide pain relief to your animal companion. Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through “vasodilation” (the opening of blood vessels) and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. The result is a reduction in swelling which reduces pain. The lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, thereby decreasing nerve sensitivity. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, the animal will experience less pain. Laser treatments for animals also stimulate the production of high levels of naturally-produced endorphins which further counteract your animal’s pain.
Laser Therapy to Recover From Injury or Surgery
Cold laser therapy is a very helpful tool during postoperative recovery. In minor cases, laser therapy alone may be enough to alleviate pain and stimulate the healing process. Because it works directly on injured or affected areas, laser treatments can help speed up healing, strengthen muscle and tissue, improve mobility and enhance your animal’s overall quality of life almost immediately.
What Can I Expect At My Animal's Laser Therapy Appointment?
A technician will hold the laser wand directly over the affected area for somewhere between 3 and 10 minutes. There is no pain associated with the treatment and most animals will relax during this time. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your animal to be comfortable and any anxiety he or she initially experiences will quickly dissipate. Occasionally, some animals actually fall asleep during their therapy sessions.
Is Laser Treatment Painful or Uncomfortable?
Laser treatment for animals is totally pain free and very comforting. As the laser is administered, your animal may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling, or no sensation at all. For many animals, Cold laser therapy is very relaxing. As areas of pain or inflammation become more comfortable, any anxiety and tension your animal may be experiencing tends to quickly dissipate.
Are There Any Side Effects Of Laser Therapy?
Laser treatment for animals has no known side effects, and is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry.
Are You Affiliated with a Veterinarian?
Our personnel work in cooperation with Mesa Veterinary Clinic & Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Service’s Dr. Amy Starr, DVM. We can also work with your animal’s vet to assure we establish the best treatment plan possible.
How Can I Schedule a Laser Therapy Appointment?
Scheduling an appointment for laser therapy is as easy as picking up the telephone, sending us an inquiry through our contact page or visiting us in person. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible and set up an evaluation.
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