The Healing Power of Light: How Cold Laser Therapy for Pets Works
Cold laser therapy was invented 40 years ago and was understood as a powerful form of recovery and healing. This noninvasive therapy has come a long way in its development and uses. The benefits in using this treatment with pets is that it helps speed up recovery after an injury or surgery and reduce pain and inflammation without medication.
To learn why this therapy is key to recovery for your furry one, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to explain.
What Is Cold Laser Therapy?
Low-level light therapy, companion laser therapy, or cold laser is a Class IV laser that works by emitting concentrated light to a specific targeted area. This laser is an acronym for Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Unlike infrared lasers, the cold laser can only penetrate to the depth of the skin’s surface. It is not a surgical technique, but rather one that can allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to work more efficiently.
How Does It Work?
The laser is a handheld device resembling a flashlight with a flexible cord. The device is held over the injured part of the skin for up to several minutes. The light then penetrates the skin cells, encouraging blood flow and cell regeneration. These are important to healing and pain management.
The reason why it decreases pain is that the tissues become desensitized through the applied light, called photons. Not only does it decrease pain it also decreases inflammation by minimizing the tissue chemicals responsible for causing pain and nerve stimulation.
During your pet’s session both you and your pet will be issued protective goggles. Your veterinarian will give you advise you on the treatment plan, how many sessions will be needed, and so on. Most pets really relax into the session, since the laser can feel warm on the skin.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
As these cold lasers become more advanced, we are finding that there are several conditions that can be treated or benefited by the sessions. These include but are not limited to:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Post-surgery recovery
- Muscle strains
- Neurological disorders
The advantages of cold laser therapy are numerous, including increasing mobility, lessening pain, promotion of healing, and faster healing of cells and surrounding tissues. Because it is noninvasive and doesn’t require anesthesia or medication, it makes a great complementary therapy to traditional veterinary medicine.
Please call us if you would like more information on cold laser therapy for your pet.
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