Cold Laser Therapy
Otherwise known as photobiomodulation, cold laser therapy uses visible to near-infrared light to accomplish three key things for pain control and healing:
It increases circulation and brings increased blood supply to the affected areas. This allows for all sorts of healing modulators to be brought to the area being lasered. It enhances the flow of oxygen from the blood into the cells that need it the most. It promotes cellular metabolism. We understand metabolism in the form of weight control, but this is at the cellular level and the cells can produce more energy which allows them to perform lots of great work for healing purposes.
WOW! Great stuff! What does this mean for your pet?
These three things combined have a general effect of stimulating the body to do what it does naturally; heal tissue and decrease pain, but only faster.
Laser therapy produces a warm and soothing sensation that is relaxing for your pet. As a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, we often use massage along with laser and this helps stimulate muscle tissue as well.
Warm, soothing, massage, how do I sign up?
We can use laser therapy as a stand-alone treatment for chronic pain, and chronic wounds, but it is best used in conjunction with other modalities and medications for an integrative approach to make your pet healthier. There are no side effects to laser treatment, so it is safe for ALMOST every pet. (There are a few conditions which are contraindicated).
So, now you know a tiny bit about photobiomodulation and the best thing…your pup gets to wear some cool goggles to protect their eyes!