Therapeutic Laser Therapy: A New Innovation in Pet Care
In veterinary medicine, therapeutic laser therapy is used to heal and relieve pain. The most common indication for this type of laser therapy in pets is arthritis or degenerative joint disease. It is also used for post-surgical recovery or any wounds or trauma to the skin, bone, or muscle. Therapeutic laser therapy is very effective for painful conditions, promotes healing, and facilitates functional recovery.
How & Why Therapeutic Laser Therapy Works
Stated simply, laser therapy uses light to heal the body from within on a cellular level. Photons of light are gently streamed over the pet’s affected area. Used widely on humans in sports medicine, laser treatments are non-invasive, non-toxic, and have no side effects. Laser therapy is a pain-free, surgery-free, and drug-free treatment. Some of the well-documented effects of laser therapy are cartilage stimulation, production of fibroblasts (the cells that create healing tissue), enhancement of immune cells, and increased blood supply to heal tissue.
In summary, laser therapy:
- Decreases inflammation and edema
- Stimulates cartilage production and nerve regeneration
- Decreases pain (produces endorphins and releases serotonin)
- Accelerates wound healing and increases circulation
- Relaxes muscles
- Stimulates acupuncture points
How Pets Respond to Therapeutic Laser Therapy
Most pets find laser therapy relaxing and feel no sensation during treatments. At Ingleside Animal Hospital, we use cold laser, so there is only a mild sensation of heat. Dogs, in particular, find treatments calming and some experience it much like a massage or good petting session. For some pets, pain reduction is immediate and experienced instantly following the first treatment. Typically, a series of treatments is recommended.
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