WHAT IS LASER THERAPY?

Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment designed to reduce pain and inflammation, and to speed healing. This treatment is quickly becoming standard of care in both human and veterinary medicine. Our staff members administer laser therapy via a handpiece that emits this therapeutic infrared light in a fast, drug-free, and soothing treatment. The light can treat
surface problems such as wounds, as well as deeper structures, penetrating through fur, skin, and fat if necessary to reach damaged tissue.

The therapeutic infrared light targets the mitochondria in damaged cells and stimulates them to regenerate and stimulates them to return to optimal function. This regenerative process is called photo biomodulation (PBM). PBM does not impact normal cells but can help damaged cells to recover from injury faster.

Laser therapy can be utilized as an adjunct to existing treatments, often reducing or replacing the need for pain medications.

WHAT ARE TREATMENTS LIKE?

Laser therapy treatments are fast and pain-free, making them well-tolerated by most pets. There is no clipping or shaving required for the treatment area. When your pet arrives for therapy, they will be situated in a comfortable position, and maybe outfitted with laser-safe doggles. You will also receive laser-safe eyewear to wear during treatment if you remain with your pet during therapy.

Treatments take approximately 5 – 10 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area and the condition being treated. During this treatment your pet will experience a soothing warmth that often relaxes patients, and sometimes makes them go to sleep!

Some conditions require several treatment sessions for optimal outcomes. 

CAN LASER THERAPY HELP MY DOG?

Laser therapy is an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions including:

TOP 10 - BIOLOGICAL EFFEGTS OF LASER THERAPY

  1. Anti-inflammation Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.
  2. Analgesic Effect Laser Therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of nociceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.
  3. Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.
  4. Improved Vascular Activity Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.
  5. Increased Metabolic Activity The energy from photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.
  6. Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.
  7. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.
  8. Improved Nerve Function Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.
  9. Immunoregulation Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP which is the major carrier of cellular energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
  10. Faster Wound Healing Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.