What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) 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 phisical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in both human and animal medicine in the United States.
Numerous studies have shown that LASER THERAPY can help with:
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 (three to eight) for 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 exibit greater comfort and mobility withing 12 to 24 hours after laser treatment.
Dr. Parrott will recommend a treatment plan for your pet’s specific condition.
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.
During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to 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 you pet returns to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to insure the patient does not aggravate the condition.
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