What is Laser Therapy and how does it work?
Therapeutic laser uses light energy for tissue healing and reducing pain. The light energy (photons) penetrates deeply into damaged cells and stimulates cellular activity known as photo-bio-modulation. This enables the cells of tendons, ligaments, muscles and skin to repair themselves. This, in turn, reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells.
What are the most common indications for therapy?
If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What are the benefits?
- No known side effects
- Painless and non-invasive
- Pain relief
- Anti-inflammatory effect
- Accelerated healing of sprains & strains
- Reduction of swelling
- Accelerated healing of superficial injuries, such as wounds and ulcers.
What can I expect during a treatment?
Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that lasts a few minutes. Some human patients undergoing laser therapy have stated they feel a comfortable, warm sensation in the area being treated, while other patients usually don’t feel the laser. There is no pain, heat, redness or swelling during or after treatment.
How quickly will I see results?
Most patients experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 7 to 10 sessions. The effects of Laser Therapy are cumulative; therefore, expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs. It is important that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to reoccur.
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