What is Laser Therapy?
When most of us hear the word “laser” we get an image of a beam of red light cutting through metal. What many people don’t know is that laser is often used for rehabilitation. It isn’t the ‘hot laser’ that is used in industrial applications but is low level laser therapy (LLLT) or ‘cold laser therapy’ that is used assist in healing body tissues.
Laser therapy uses light to penetrate through the skin into tissues. It has been used by physiotherapists since the ‘80s for a wide range of conditions. Although it only penetrates a short distance, it can have a profound effect on tissue healing. It has been shown to aid in pain relief, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, stimulate wound healing, stimulate tissue regeneration, and reduce scarring.
Research has shown that laser therapy can be a powerful anti-inflammatory that is equally effective to anti-inflammatory medications.
How often does my pet need to have Laser Therapy?
It depends on the specific situation. Post surgically for a soft tissue surgery (such as a spay or neuter), we typically do one treatment on the incision while your pet is recovering from anaesthetic. After an orthopedic surgery or to treat pain and inflammation, we recommend a longer course of therapy, typically three times a week for the first few weeks, then weaning down until the treatment is no longer necessary.
Do you have to use anesthesia to do a Laser Therapy treatment?
Not at all. We are usually able to do the treatment in the exam room with the owner's help in keeping their pet still.
How long is a treatment session?
Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes we have to treat more than one area, which would double the treatment time.
How much does Laser Therapy cost?
We are passionate about the benefits of Laser Therapy and have kept the cost affordable. Each treatment is under 30 dollars