Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
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Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of Laser Therapy for many clinical conditions.
Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy
During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
Laser Therapeutic Effects
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
In the blood capillaries, red blood cells pass through in single file. Laser therapy helps to increase blood flow.
Red blood cells carry molecules of oxygen to the tissues (represented here by the tiny white spheres). Laser therapy also helps the red blood cells deliver the oxygen molecules directly to the affected tissues (below).
Finally, laser therapy stimulates an enzyme in the mitochondria of the cells. This processes the oxygen more quickly, and more energy (also known as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP) is produced in the cell.
The end result is healing that is faster and better quality.
What Can Be Treated?
Here is a list of successfully treated conditions by laser therapy.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Cuts/ Bites
- Gingivitis, stomatitis and tooth extractions
- Sprains, Strains & Fractures
- Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
- Chronic Conditions
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Periodontal Disease
- Feline Acne
- Feline Asthma
- Cervical and Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Rhinits, sinusitis
- Acute and Chronic Otitis
- Snake and Bug/Spiderbites Bites
- Pyotraumatic Dermatitis (hot spots)
- Anal Saculitis
- Exotic Animals and Pocket Pets
- GI Stasis in Rabbits