What is laser therapy?
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) uses infra-red radiation to target specific areas that are inflamed or have tissue damage. The radiation light wavelengths penetrate the skin and soft tissue to produce a photochemical reaction within the body’s cells. This reaction stimulates and accelerates the body’s natural healing process.
Laser therapy is a safe, non-evasive and effective solution to treat chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis as well as other musculoskeletal conditions. It can also speed up the healing process of surgical sites or wounds which prevent the continuation of hydrotherapy.
How can laser therapy help my pet?
Laser therapy can help your pet by offering:
- Pain relief
- Improved nerve function
- An anti-inflammatory effect
- Accelerated wound healing
- Accelerated tissue repair such bone
- Promotion of healing muscle conditions
- Reduction in chronic muscle pain
- Reduction of scar tissue that causes pain, loss of function and inflammation
- Reduction in oedemas
What can my pet expect?
The laser is safe, not painful and provides a mild warming sensation. The head of the laser is held over the affected area for a short period which is dependent on the condition and severity. Multiple areas can be treated in a session. Most dogs find the treatment to be very relaxing and many fall asleep.
Laser therapy sessions are cumulative and it is advised that 6 weekly sessions are given at the start of the treatment. Frequency of sessions can then be reduced depending on your pet’s condition and when they require ‘top-up’ treatments.