Laser Therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy, is an innovative, non-invasive way of reducing pain and inflammation and encouraging natural healing. We recommend its use post surgery, for chronic pain, inflammatory conditions and in the control of dermatological conditions
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy stimulates a process call photobiomodulation, which helps increase the metabolism of the cells. During this process, photons emitted by the laser, enter the cytochrome C complex which is situated in the mitochondria.
When light is absorbed by the cytochrome c, this stimulates the production of ATP (energy source of the cell). This ATP production is usually reduced in damaged tissue and therefore metabolism of the cell is reduced.
Photobiomodulation also increases Free Nitric oxide and Reactive Oxygen Species within the cell. This has a significant anti-inflammatory effect.
These effects in combination help reduce cell death, and so therefore hasten healing.
What can Laser Therapy be used for?
Laser Therapy can be used in a number of acute and chronic conditions, including but not limited to:
Spinal issues (including lumbosacral disease, IVDD, spondylosis)
Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease
Inflammatory Bowel disease
Post surgery healing
Laser Therapy can be used on its own, or in conjunction with other conventional medicine.
What to Expect from A Laser Therapy Session
Post-Operative Laser Therapy Sessions will take place immediately after your pet's surgery, during the recovery phase. It is completely non-painful and only a single session is usually required.
For other conditions, we will often advise a loading regime, possibly followed by a maintenance regime. This differs from condition to condition and from patient to patient. However the usual loading regime is 2 sessions per week for 3 weeks and then 1 or 2 sessions per month for maintenance.
Each session lasts between 5-30 minutes, depending on size of your animal, the size of the area to be lasered and if there are multiple areas to be treated.