As our best friends age, recover from trauma, or simply need relief from everyday aches and pains Cold Laser Therapy offers relief. Pets benefit from reduced inflammation and pain and show an increased range of motion mobility earlier in the recovery process. Veterinary medicine, chiropractors, and sports medicine (including major league sports teams) are embracing this new technology!
What conditions can be treated with cold laser?
Cold laser therapy is used to treat multiple ailments and injuries in dogs and cats. Treatable conditions include:
- Ulcerations and open wounds
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Neuromuscular disease
- Acute and Chronic Ear Infections
- Hot Spots
- Lick Granulomas
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Anal Gland Infections
How does it work?
The Cold Laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to:
- Alleviating chronic or acute pain
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing swelling
- Increasing circulation
- Speeding up healing and recovery
- Release of endorphin, the body’s natural pain reliever
What are the treatments like?
After our veterinarian has prescribed a treatment regimen, treatments are performed by a trained technician. The laser is applied directly to the surface of the skin or held just above the skin if direct contact is too painful. Therapy usually needs multiple administrations within the first one to two weeks of treatment. After the initial set, treatments are spread progressively further apart until the maintenance level needed by your pet is reached.
What will my pet feel?
As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.
Are there any risks involved?
There are no known side effects from the administration of cold laser therapy. Technicians administering treatment and owners present during therapy must wear protective eye wear.