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.
Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Yes. There are thousands
of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser
Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously
controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of Laser
Therapy for many clinical conditions.
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 is a Class 4 therapy laser?
Lasers are classified according to their output power. A Class 4 laser has more than 500 milliwatts of power. Higher power means it can deliver more energy per unit of time - which means your Veterinarian can treat a very large area on your pet in just a few minutes.