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 utilised by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s, however technical advances in laser miniaturisation
and durability have allowed laser therapy to be
used for a wider range of patients.
What To Expect
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is pleasant and comforting to them. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require 6 to 8 for the 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 exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition. A sample treatment schedule is as follows:
- Every other day for one week [3 total]
- Twice the second week [2 total]
- Once the third week [1 total]
- Boosters as needed
Your laser therapist will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.
Laser Therapeutic Effects
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.
Laser Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy
During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
Numerous Studies show that laser therapy can help with:
- Joint Pain
- Edema and Congestion
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Puncture Wounds
- Post-Traumatic Injury
- Post-Surgical Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Chronic Wounds
- Recovery from paralysis
- Post-Orthopedic Surgical
Laser & Hydrotherapy
The combination of Laser before hydrotherapy treatment further increases the effects of the treatment and significantly improves the quality of recovery and patients’ mobility. Treatments can often be covered by your pet insurance.
Bess is a Five year old lab that was referred for severe Hip dysplasia. After 2 sessions in the pool this worsened. The staff at Woozelbears reccomended a course of K-laser therapy. After 6 sessions of K-laser her mobility had improved and she started on the aquatic treadmill. Today she is back to her old self happy and full of fun. Without the K-laser i think we would not have Bess in such a good place. I and Bess cant praise it enough and the helpfull team at Woozelbears.