While lasers were once just a product for science fiction novels and military defense systems, they have become a part of everyday life whether you notice them or not. From the low power lasers in printers, CD players, and bar code scanners to the more powerful cutting lasers used in industrial manufacturing and surgery, lasers are being used all around us. That is why we are so excited to integrate our new Companion Class IV Therapy Laser into our practice.
The first question we are inevitably asked by our clients is a simple one: How does it work? The answer is very complicated but can be simplified with a short explanation of what lasers are. The word laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. When the photons of laser light are directed into living tissue, they are absorbed into the cells and cause specific responses. They block nerve impulses, accelerate tissue repair, increase circulation, and reduce swelling.
These “photo-bio-modulations” are why therapy lasers can be used to treat so many ailments. By blocking nerve impulses and reducing swelling, the laser alleviates the pain associated with arthritis, hip dysplasia, pancreatitis, cystitis, fractures, acute musculoskeletal injuries, and urinary tract infections. The acceleration of tissue repair helps heal all sorts of wounds including burns, bites, cuts, abscesses, scrapes, and fractures. And all four responses help speed the healing after surgery. Basically, if your pet is in pain, has inflammation, or has a wound, they would benefit from laser therapy.
While the number of treatments required will vary depending on the severity or your pet’s ailment, most treatments last less than 5 minutes and do not require anesthesia or sedation. In fact, the warmth generated by the laser can be very soothing and most pets become more relaxed as the treatment proceeds. And while it won’t cure chronic conditions such as arthritis, it can decrease the amounts of medications required to keep your pet comfortable.
So if you think your pet could benefit from laser therapy or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.