What is laser therapy?
Laser technology sends light waves deep into tissues where they alter certain cell components, a process known as photobiomodulation. This results in the stimulation of a number of the body’s natural growth and repair mechanisms, one of which is vasodilation, or the widening of blood vessels. This increases the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to damaged tissues, so that they may repair themselves more efficiently. Laser therapy also reduces inflammation, helps to relax muscle, and stimulates endorphin release. All of these things help to ease pain. One final and important property of laser, is its ability to speed up wound healing, which it does by stimulating the production of collagen. Laser treatment, through its multimodal approach, creates an environment within cells and tissues more conducive to healing; it can help a pet recover from injury or surgery more effectively.
How do we use laser therapy?
One of our primary uses for laser is to accelerate wound healing, obtaining great results with both surgical wounds and those sustained by accident. Its anti-inflammatory effects are fantastically helpful for our patients post-operatively as well as for those who have sustained traumatic injury in some other way. Pets suffering long term discomfort with conditions such as arthritis or neurological problems, respond well to the pain-relieving properties of laser treatment, and enjoy the relaxation and rejuvenation of strained muscles that are working overtime to compensate for sore joints or nerve pain.
Laser sessions last somewhere between 20 and 40 minutes depending upon the area to be treated. As we move the laser-emitting handpiece back and forth over the problem area, pets experience a pain-free and pleasantly warm sensation which they usually not only tolerate, but enjoy and relax in to. All people in attendance are asked to wear protective goggles, as are patients where they are tolerated.
We would love to be able to get your pet back on their feet. We don’t require a referral from your vet for a physio treatment, but we will for any surgical treatments. If you’re not sure, give us a call and we can point you in the right direction.
If you would like your pet to be seen by one of the Physio Vet team, then the initial contact should be made by your normal veterinary surgeon. A referral can only be made by them, who will provide us with all the medical information we require in order to treat your pet. Once we have this information, we will then arrange everything else, but please feel free to contact us to discuss the process in further detail, or if you have any questions.