Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free and non-invasive treatment. 

Class IV laser therapy uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue and induces a biological response in the cells called photobiomodulation.

This leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation and increased healing speed which is crucial in rehabilitation.

Every treatment protocol is unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. Most animals enjoy the treatment as they feel a gentle and soothing warmth.

Common conditions treated with laser

  • Tendon/ soft tissue injuries

  • Pain management

  • Wound healing

  • Inflammation/oedema

  • Fractures

  • Post surgery rehabilitation

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Degenerative joint disease

  • Hip/ elbow dysplasia

  • Idiopathic pulmonary disorder

What are the biological effects of laser?

ANTI-INFLAMMATION

Laser therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising and oedema are reduced.

PAIN RELIEF

Laser therapy of diseased and damaged tissues produces a suppression of noiceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.

ACCELERATED TISSUE REPAIR AND CELL GROWTH

Photons of light form lasers penetrate deeply into the tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products.

IMPROVED VASCULAR ACTIVITY

Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.

INCREASE METABOLIC ACTIVITY

The energy photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.

REDUCED FIBROUS TISSUE FORMATION

Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue

IMPROVED NERVE FUNCTION

Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve regeneration.

IMMUNOREGULATION

Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cellular energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in cells.

FASTER WOUND HEALING

Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein require to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.

Equipment

I use a class IV laser supplied by LiteCure LLC who specialise in laser therapy. More information can be found on theri website: https://www.litecure.com/

Laura Baines BSc (Hons), Dip A Phys, MIAAT, RAMP

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