Cold Laser Therapy
Laser stands for ‘light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation’. In our case, it is a hand-held device that gives off photons of light energy. In veterinary medicine, you may hear it called therapeutic, cold laser, or low-level laser. Laser therapy works by focusing a beam of light on the painful areas. The cells absorb the light which stimulates an increase in activity. This in turn improves circulation and reduces inflammation. It also aids in the release of endorphins and reduces nerve sensitivity. While it can help in chronic pain, it can also help open wounds, broken bones, and other injuries heal faster. The wavelength of light determines the depth it reached into the issues. Surface wounds and joint injuries would be treated with shorter wavelengths while muscle injuries would be treated with longer wavelengths.
The benefits of laser therapy can help both chronic and acute pain by stimulating circulation, immune system, and reducing inflammation. It has also been shown to enhance collagen and muscle tissue development which enhances healing. The laser shouldn’t be done over a pregnant uterus, over tumors, over growth plates, or over the thyroid gland.
At Gamble Pet Clinic, we have cold laser therapy that is an option for multiple different issues your pet may have—including post-surgery/ dental treatments, arthritis/muscle pain, wounds, and other issues such as ear infections. We are very excited to have this as an option to offer you and your pets and love talking about it! Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about how it could be beneficial for your pet!