What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy uses low-intensity lasers or light-emitting diodes in order to help relieve pain, stimulate and enhance cell function and to improve the body's natural healing processes.
Cold laser therapy for pets can be used as part of a multimodal treatment plan to help with pain management, inflammation reduction, and healing
Since there aren't any medications involved in these therapeutic treatments, cold laser therapy may be used in conjunction with other treatments to supplement your pet's recovery without risking drug interactions.
The Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Process
Cold laser therapy treatment entails the back and forth movement of a handheld laser wand over the area of your pet's body that has been injured or is causing health problems.
The area being treated will feel pleasant and warm to your pet, and it will likely be relaxing. Our Marina del Rey veterinary hospital's cold laser therapy sessions last about 20 minutes.
Each treatment is tailored to your pet's individual needs.
How Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy Works
Depending on the specific issue that is being treated, our veterinary staff members will concentrate light over your pet's affected tissues for periods of time ranging from 8 to 30 minutes.
In a process known as photo biotherapy, laser therapy stimulates cells by emitting light. Phototherapy improves cell strength by promoting cell metabolism and protein synthesis.
It stimulates cells, which reduces pain signals to nerves, improves blood circulation, and releases endorphins.
How Cold Laser Therapy Feels
During laser treatment for dogs or cats, they will only feel a slight tingling around the treated area.
It's important to remember that every pet's treatment plan will be unique. While some pets will experience relief after a few sessions, others will require weekly treatments until their condition improves.
When you choose laser therapy as your pet's treatment method, the veterinarian will discuss a regimen that will benefit your pet the most.
Uses for Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy promotes cell regeneration and circulation, making it beneficial for the following conditions and procedures:
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Dental Procedures
- Post-Surgical Recovery
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
- Increases wound healing
- Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism
- Reduces inflammation and associated pain
- Enhances neovascularization
- Increases blood perfusion
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Encourages bone healing