Laser therapy has progressed rapidly over recent years. Here at Harvest Veterinary Clinic we have the latest generation – a 4 series K-laser which works on the infra red and near red spectrum to speed up healing.
The result of Laser therapy is to reduce muscle spasm, provide pain relief, improve joint flexibility and improved circulation
It does this in a combination of ways:
1. in the skin it inhibits bacteria and promotes cell growth this greatly improves wound healing and decreases scar tissue formation.
2. increases oxygen release from red blood cells. This increases its availability to the tissues and speeds up repair.
3. increases energy production (ATP) by the cell. This again increases the speed of tissue repair.
4. increase in tissue temperature at depth again increase the speed of enzyme metabolism, blood flow and hence, nutrient supply to the tissues. This dramatically speeds up the repair of the tissues targeted.
Treatments last 3-6 minutes and post surgically are done twice weekly for 3 weeks. For chronic conditions after this initial course they are repeated every 3 weeks.
The procedure is totally pain free and produces a warm soothing sensation within the tissues targeted.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment using 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 utilised in the human field by physiotherapists, doctors and nurses as far back as the 1970s and has recently been approved by NICE.
We were so impressed with the results of our trials that we have now made it available for your pets.
How does it work?
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 spasm, stiffness and pain.
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. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Will it hurt my pet?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, your pet may feel a little sleepy.
What if my pet is on medication?
Laser Therapy is a safe procedure which may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine and other therapies.
Laser Therapy may help to minimise the requirement for other medications. This can be especially useful if medications are producing undesirable side effects.
How long will it take?
Each session will, typically, last between 3 and 8 minutes, depending on the size and depth of the area being treated.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, for most conditions, particularly those involving muscular skeletal areas, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan.
How do I make an appointment?
Talk to your Veterinary Surgeon if you feel that your pet may benefit from Laser Therapy. Alternatively, ask to speak to our nurses for free help and advice.
Remember: there is no sedation or restraint required for Laser Therapy. It is totally non-invasive and, in a lot of cases, pets enjoy the treatment as it provides a warm, soothing effect.
What conditions can it treat?
Numerous scientific studies show that Laser Therapy can help with the following:
- Joint Pain
- Oedema and Congestion
- Ligament Injuries
- Muscle Sprains
- Post Traumatic Injury
- Neck and Back Pain
- Chronic Wounds
- Puncture Wounds
- Post Surgical Pain and Healing
- Post-Orthopaedic Surgical Recovery