Over the past several decades, great strides have been made with regards to how we treat and manage various medical conditions in pets, such as arthritis and chronic pain. One such advancement has been the use of the therapeutic laser. This innovative technology uses a high-intensity beam of light to instantly and painlessly target areas of the body that are experiencing pain, have suffered some type of trauma or require healing. Pawsitive Strides is pleased to offer laser therapy as an additional option for managing your pet’s ongoing good health.
Laser therapy uses light energy to stimulate and affect underlying tissues. There are multiple benefits for a wide variety of patients, which include alleviating pain and inflammation, reducing swelling, stimulating nerve regeneration, improving circulation and repairing tissues; all of which are essential in improving the overall outcome of the rehabilitation process. The treatments are safe, painless and fast.
Laser therapy is the only course of treatment that actually stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in increased circulation from the body, an anti-inflammatory reaction, relief from pain and an acceleration of the healing process.
Laser therapy is highly effective in reducing pain and inflammation, improving flexibility and mobility, and speeding up the healing process following surgery or injury. It is completely non-invasive and requires no medication, yet the results are quite often described as profound.
Examples of Conditions that May Benefit from the Use of Laser Therapy:
- Arthritic disorders
- Post-operative pain and inflammation
- Wound healing
- Joint swelling
- Tendon/ligament injuries
- Muscle spasm/trigger points
- Joint swelling
- Stimulation of acupuncture points
- Nerve inflammation
- Poor circulation
- Iliopsoas and other muscle strains
- Neurological disorders including intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Anti-inflammation: Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, bruising, and edema are reduced.
- Analgesic effect: Laser therapy produces a suppression of nociceptors or pain receptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.
- Improved nerve function: Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.
- Enhancement of immune cells to combat pathogens or infections.
- Quicker wound healing: By stimulating fibroblasts that produce collagen that is important for wound healing.