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Laser Therapy


What is Laser Therapy?

Cold Laser Therapy is a non-painful and noninvasive method of treating acute and chronic pain and inflammation conditions.  Also known as low-level laser therapy, this therapeutic treatment utilizes a laser with a light wavelength that will not increase the thermal temperature of the surface it contacts. The laser triggers a series of photo-chemical reactions, stimulating tissues and cells, resulting in wound healing, tissue repair, swelling reduction, increased circulation, and a reduction of pain.

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Most patients see positive results in one to three treatments.  Acute conditions can subside with as few as one set of treatments.  Chronic conditions can be managed with regular monthly treatments, and there are no known negative side effects.

Treatments typically consist of 6 visits over a two or three week period, with each treatment running about 3 to 12 minutes depending on the condition being treated.  Monthly maintenance treatments may also be recommended. Therapeutic laser treatment covers a range of ailments such as:

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Abscesses, Acupuncture point, Acute Nephritis, Anal Sacculitis, Arthritis, Aural Hematomas, Avian Specific Disorders, Back Pain, Bicipital Bursitis, Bicipital Tendonitis, Bruising, Burns, Cervical IVDD, Crop Inflammation, Cruciate Ligament Injury, Cystotomy Post Surgery, Degenerative Joint Disease, Demodicosis, Ear Disorders, Edema, Elbow Issues, Feline Acne, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, Feline Skin Grafts, Fractures, Geriatric Disorders, Gout, Head and Neck Hematomas (Post Surgical), Hip Dysplasia, Infections, Intestinal Impaction, IVDD, Mastitis, Muscle and Ligament Disorders, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neck Pain, Neurological Disorders, Oral Cavity Disorders, Orthopedic Disorders, Otitis, Palliative Pain Relief, Pancreatitis, Paralysis Due to Trauma, Periodontal Disease, Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Post Extractions, Post Orthopedic Surgical Procedures, Post Surgical Pain Relief, Rehabilitation, Respiratory Disorders, Rhinitis/Sinusitis, Snake Bites, Soft Tissue Trauma, Sprains and Strains, Stomatitis, Tail Fractures, Tendon/ Ligament Injury, Urinary System Disorders, and many more!


A Prolific Therapeutic Treatment

Used for human medical care for over four decades, therapeutic laser treatments are quickly growing in popularity in the veterinary field as well in both small and large animal practices.  The rapid and effective results can provide an excellent alternative to medications and potentially expensive procedures for our furry friends.  Even zoos, aquariums, and sanctuaries utilize this same laser model for the treatment of elephants, sea lions, and dolphins!

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10 Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy

Anti-inflammatory: MLS Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system which drains swollen areas.  As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.

Analgesic: MLS Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells.  It blocks pain signals transmitted by these cells to the brain which decreases nerve sensitivity.  Also, due to decreased inflammation, there is less edema and less pain.  Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalin from the brain and adrenal gland.

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth.  The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products.  As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are repaired faster.

Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue.  Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilation and increases the diameter of blood vessels.

Increases Metabolic Activity: MLS Laser Therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, and greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.

Trigger Points: MLS Laser Therapy stimulates muscle trigger points on a noninvasive basis, providing musculoskeletal pain relief.

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Reduction of the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or surgery.

Improved Nerve Function: Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs.  Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell re-connection, and increases the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle healing.

Immunoregulation: Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes.  Laser emissions are absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light.  Upon exposure to the laser, the enzyme flavomononucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosine-triphosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cell.

Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue.  Fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries.  As a result, MLS Laser Therapy is effective post surgically and in the treatment of open wounds and burns.


How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Despite the artistic liberty we’ve taken with our graphics, the laser light is not actually a visible beam.  The 808 nm and 905 nm wavelengths utilized in laser therapy fall into the range of infrared light just outside the visible spectrum.  There is no risk of tissue damage as neither the light or the probe itself creates any heat.  

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During a laser treatment there is a photochemical interaction between the photos of the laser beam and the treated tissue on the cellular level.  These photons alter the cell membrane permeability, and are absorbed by the mitochondria of the cell, enhancing the production of ATP (adenosine tri phosphate), increasing cell energy and metabolism.  This results in rapid cell reproduction and growth, faster wound healing through the stimulation of fibroblasts, and increased metabolic activity with an increased supply of oxygen to blood cells and a more effective immune response.  Increased vascular activity and lymph circulation and a reduction in fibrous tissue formation help with the healing process, along with reduced swelling caused by bruising and inflammation.


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Is Laser Therapy Right For My Pet?

Talk with your doctor today and we’ll answer that question for you!  While laser therapy won’t replace all treatments, its beneficial effects can also compliment the care your pet already receives.  Ask us your questions and we’ll help to determine if your pet is a likely candidate. 

There is a widespread recognition of the merit of laser therapy, even beyond the level of pet owner and care practitioner.  Many pet insurance companies recognize the value of this service, and offer coverage for therapeutic laser treatments.  Trupanion even includes coverage for laser therapy in their core policies.  

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If you would like more information please contact our office, or view the documented and video testimonials on cold laser therapy included below.

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