What is Laser Therapy?
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 widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
WHY CHOOSE LASER THERAPY
K-Laser continually advances therapeutic laser science and technology, offering three laser models for use by licensed practitioners.
Our lasers are designed to target the body’s optimal light absorbing complexes to treat pain and accelerate the healing process. By combining several wavelengths, and various modes of delivery all models are effective in treating pain, decreasing inflammation, and increasing circulation.
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.
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.
What to Expect:
No sedation or restraint is required and most patients experience pleasant and comforting sessions. Although improvement is often seen after the first treatment, most patients require several therapy sessions to receive the greatest benefit. Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition. A typical treatment series is three treatments the first week, two treatments the second week and one treatment the third week. The veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan based on your pet’s specific needs.
“Booster” treatments are given to maintain the therapeutic effect. Although the booster treatment range is considered to be three to eight weeks, the average is around four to five weeks. An informed and observant owner is the best judge of when a booster treatment is needed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient will experience a mild, soothing warmth or tingling.
How many treatments does it take?
That depends on the condition. For some acute conditions one to two treatments may be sufficient. For chronic conditions, a series of five to eight treatments may be needed. Some conditions may require periodic “booster” treatments to maintain the effect.
How long before results are felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes, depending on the condition, it takes several treatments to experience results. Laser Therapy has a cumulative effect and results are often seen after three or four treatments.