What is a laser Treatment?
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelenghts 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 is a unique therapy because it is not based on the development of heat but on the photochemical and photobiological effects in cells and tissues. Laser light positively stimulates the functions of injured cells. These positive effects include increased production of ATP (cellular energy). This means that if the cell is damaged and inflamed it can heal quicker with laser therapy. When the cell has undergone degenerative changes it can recharge itself with energy and begin to heal.
What to expect from a laser treatment?
Most chronic conditions require up to 4 or 5 treatments in order to see a 50% improvement in mobility and pain reduction. Some Pets do respond positively to one treatment, but most DO NOT. The treated site feels better 12 to 24 hours after treatment. Laser Therapy energizes cell function, promotes healing of damaged tissue, and helps restore body function. Treatments are cumulative in nature. Length of treatments and frequency of treatment improve outcomes. Some illnesses such as ear infections or hot spots may only require one or two treatments, while more involved chronic issues will benefit from several treatments spaced out for a few weeks. Each condition and pet is different and our doctors will prescribe the amount and frequency that is right for your pet’s needs.
Why are your staff all wearing funny looking glasses while performing the laser treatments?
Because the laser uses Photobiomodulation, or light energy, to reach the target tissue both our staff and patients use eye protection. While the light emitted is safe for tissues, the safest way to use the laser is to not shine it directly into the eyes.