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Laser therapy is light therapy, used to produce a painkilling effect and a reduction in inflammation.
It also has antimicrobial and cell growth effects, and the result is that damaged tissues are regenerated much more quickly.
When we use laser therapy, we use different wavelengths of light to produce different effects.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy makes wound healing happen faster, as the light both inhibits bacteria and increases cell growth.
Laser therapy also increases local circulation of blood, which means that damaged tissues can have increased oxygen delivered to them, which speeds up healing.
Each session is only a few minutes, and our patients really enjoy it, as they get to have a cuddle and fuss with the nurses while the laser therapy is carried out!
What can laser therapy be used for?
The easier answer is “what can’t it be used for’!
Anywhere where the body is inflamed, sore, infected or damaged, will benefit from the increased healing rate that laser therapy can provide.
You can elect to have laser therapy after your pets routine neutering surgery, to help them recover even faster!
We can treat skin conditions, wounds, sore joints and ligaments, foot problems, dental conditions, cystitis, IBD, ear disease, bruises, and chronic conditions, to name just a few.
Laser therapy is also important for rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery.
The painless application of laser energy promotes increased circulation by joint oxygen and nutrients to the affected area.
This creates an optimal healing environment to reduce swelling inflammation muscle spasm stiffness and pain.
As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored.
During treatment, infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level. Increased metabolic activity within the cell stimulates the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane to initiate increase production of cellular energy (ATP). This leads to a cascade of beneficial events promoting the acceleration of the healing process and reduce the pain
reintroduction to activity
Well your pet may exhibit will need energy after the first treatment, consult your vet before your pet returns to full activity.
A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to ensure your pet does not aggravate their condition.
What to Expect...
There is no sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually very pleasant and comforting to them.
K-laser treatments are cumulative in nature, and the length of frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition.
Even though improvement may be seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments for greatest benefit.
We recommend a multivisit treatment plan.
Most injuries or conditions require 3 to 8 minutes per treatment.
A sample treatment schedule:
Every other day for one week
Twice the second week
Once the third week
Ongoing booster treatments as required
how often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain.
More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated.
For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of the more chronic nature may require 5-8 (or more) treatments.
Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain
how long before results are seen?
Your pet may see some improvement to their condition (usually pain reduction) after first treatment.
Sometimes they will not feel improvements for a number of treatments.
This does not mean that nothing is happening.
Each treatment is cumulative, and results are often felt after 3 to 4 sessions
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatments?
Laser therapy is often used with other forms of therapy including physical therapy.
Other complimentary healing modalities can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness.
Does it hurt? What does treatment
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels a mild, soothing warm or tingling. Areas of pain and inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side-effects or associated risks?
During more than 20 years of use by veterinary healthcare providers all over the world, very few side-effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndrome is may feel aggravated for a few days, as healing response is more active after treatment. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as healing response is more active after treatment.