LASER THERAPY

Typical Course Of Treatment
A treatment schedule will be developed that is customized to your pet’s needs. Because laser therapy is cumulative in nature, a series of visits is required to get the greatest benefit. Often, the treatments are performed on a “3-2-1 ” schedule: three treatments the first week, two treatments the second week, and one in the third week. After this initial series is completed, it may be necessary to bring your pet back for booster treatments depending on his response. ln many cases a degree of improvement will be seen after the first visit. The majority of patients will show greater comfort and improved mobility twelve to 24 hours after each treatment.

Treatment Procedure
Each session takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete, depending on the number of areas treated. ln most cases, we do shave the treatment area. Hair in the treatment area may scatter or absorb the healing light, and dense coats may limit the contact of the laser probe with the skin.
Using a grid-like pattern a hand-held probe is applied to the targeted area. The laser unit makes beeping sounds to indicate laser operation and the transition between phases of pulsing energy.
The treatment is painless; anesthesia is not required, avoiding the associated risk and expense. For most patients, the therapy does not require sedation. Pets may go home immediately after treatment. You are welcome to stay with your pet during treatment.

What Does lt Feel Like?
During this pain-free treatment your pet will experience a pleasant warmth or tingling sensation. The pet will relax and have an experience similar to a good massage. Relief is almost immediate in most cases, making your pet more comfortable, without experiencing sustained anxiety or trauma. Angry felines may start to purr and many canines will actually fall asleep during their therapy session.

The Science Behind The Treatment
lnfrared laser light interacts with tissues at a cellular level, increasing metabolic activity within the cells and improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health. As the photons of laser light penetrate deeply into tissue, the energy available to the individual cells increases. With more energy available, the cells are able to speed the process of absorbing nutrients and flushing out waste products, thus accelerating the growth and healing of tissue. Exposure to laser light helps repair tendons, ligaments and muscles. Laser light also stimulates the development of fibroblasts, the building blocks of collagen, the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. This is why it’s so helpful in treating tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns and surgery.