21 Nov Benefits of Laser Therapy
Laser therapy has been used for 40 years, but with advancements in technology, it has made it more affordable. This gives us the ability to offer it in a clinic setting for pets.
The laser light is delivered through a handpiece to the pet. The patient will only feel a gentle, warming sensation. Most pets relax, receiving a similar feeling to a massage. The pain relief is almost immediate, allowing your pet to be more comfortable. During laser therapy, patients experience decreased anxiety as well.
The light energy treats the area in cellular form, creating ATP (cellular energy) and waking the cell up. Allowing for more blood flow to the area results in decreased inflammation, swelling and pain.
There are no known side effects of laser therapy. However, it should not be used with suspected or known cancers, or over growth plates in young animals. Laser therapy may be used to ease patients at their end of life stages for pain control. Treatment time varies depending on what is being treated and the area involved. In most cases, it takes less than 30 minutes, from start to finish.
Laser can treat a variety of conditions from pain, inflammation, wounds, and post-surgery to decrease both pain and healing time in our patients. It’s also used to ease the pain of chronic illnesses like arthritis, kidney failure and cystitis. We use laser to speed the healing not only on wounds, but also with ligament and tendon tears.