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WHAT IS LASER THERAPY?
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970′s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
NUMEROUS STUDIES SHOW THAT LASER THERAPY CAN HELP WITH:
- Osteoarthritis – Post Surgical Pain
- Joint Pain – Neck and Back Pain
- Tendinopathies – Hip Dysplasia
- Edema and Congestion – Burns
- Ligament Sprains – Chronic Wounds
- Muscle Strains – Rehabilitation
- Puncture Wounds – Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery
- Post – Traumatic Injury
WHAT TO EXPECT
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for the greatest benefit. For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition.
A sample treatment schedule is as follows:
- Every other day for one week ( 3 visits)
- Twice the second week ( 2 visits)
- Once the third week ( 1 visit)
- Boosters as needed.
Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.
LASER THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
CELLULAR EFFECTS OF LASER THERAPY
During the Laser Therapy, the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
REINTRODUCTION TO ACTIVITY
Often the pet will exhibit renewed energy and freedom of movement. Consult your veterinarian before your pet returns to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to insure the patient does not aggravate the condition.
Laser Therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion.
*Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little to no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
*Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
*How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
*Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the the treatment.
* Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
YES! There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than on hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.