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
Post surgery rehabilitation
Degenerative joint disease
Hip/ elbow dysplasia
Idiopathic pulmonary disorder
What are the biological effects of laser?
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.
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.
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.
I use a class IV laser supplied by LiteCure LLC who specialise in laser therapy. More information can be found on their website: https://www.litecure.com/