With new and innovative technologies, therapies have taken a new direction in providing the highest level of care and precision. Veterinary laser therapy gives a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, and drug-free form of treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments. Laser treatment 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.
Oftentimes, improvement condition is seen after one visit. Most areas of concern require 3 to 8 minutes of treatment. Laser treatments are cumulative so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in condition. Each treatment and the time needed for each individual patient and area varies, so make sure to consult your veterinarian.
Laser therapy can be used to treat many health issues including:
- Muscle, ligament, tendon and other physical injuries
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Arthritis / hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Anal gland infections
There are many signs that your animal could be facing pain, especially in senior dogs. Some of these signs include:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Whining, groaning or other discontented noises
- Limping, unable to get up or lie down
- Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
- Won’t wag tail
- Licking or biting area
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive trembling
Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through ovasodilation (the opening of blood vessels) and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling, and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, the patient will experience less pain. Laser treatments also stimulate the production of high levels of naturally-produced endorphins which further counteract pain. They can also help in recovery after surgery throughout the healing process, especially because the precise nature of laser treatment can correct a certain issue.
Laser treatments are completely pain free and exceptionally comforting. As the laser is administered to the problem area, the patient may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling, or no sensation at all. In fact, their level of discomfort and anxiety may ease as their comfort increases. Laser treatment is very effective and is very safe, with no known side effects.