Some of our practices offer low-level laser therapy (also called cold laser), a form of alternative medicine which is designed to stimulate tissue healing.
How does it work?
Laser therapy involves directing infra-red radiation into inflamed or damaged tissues to accelerate the body’s natural healing process.
Laser therapy is often used for musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis, but the benefits of laser have been suggested for a range of conditions.
The laser is placed in direct contact with the skin which enables light photons to penetrate the tissue.
Although the exact mechanisms are unknown it is thought that the specific wavelengths of light used may interact with molecules within the cells to cause several biochemical effects.
These reported effects include an increase local blood supply, a reduction in inflammation and an increase in the speed of tissue repair.
Currently the results of clinical studies using low-level laser therapy are unclear on the mechanism and outcome of this treatment. Despite this, laser is a growing tool within both human and veterinary medicine.
What are the benefits?
There are many potential reported benefits to laser therapy:
- Anti-inflammatory effect
- Mild pain relief
- Accelerated tissue repair
- Soothing muscle tension
- Faster wound healing
- Reduction of scar tissue
- Improved nerve function
What will happen to my pet?
You should expect your pet to require several sessions of laser therapy in most cases.
The laser is non-painful and only produces a light warming sensation.
The head of the laser machine is held directly over area to be treated for the scheduled treatment duration, usually 3-10 minutes.
There are no known side-effects of laser therapy and many pets find laser therapy quite relaxing!