For the past 30 years Low Level Laser Therapy has been researched and available in the medical field for the treatment of pain, wound healing, musculoskeletal conditions and as an alternative to needles in acupuncture and in conjunction with physiotherapy.
Treating with Laser
Treatment is quick, pain-free, easy to apply and effective. Appropriate probes are placed onto the skin and controlled light of a specific wavelength, power, pulsing frequency and duration, is passed into the tissue.
Veterinary nurses carry out the treatment under direction of the Vet.
How does it work?
Different wavelengths and pulsing frequencies are used to stimulate certain cells involved in the body’s own healing processes. The energy from the laser is absorbed initially by the mitochondria (battery) of the cell.
Using the correct wavelength and pulsing frequency allows the nurse to target specific cells to achieve:
- Pain relief- by targeting endorphins, nerve conduction, pain transmitters aiding serotonin production.
- Anti-inflammatory action- by targeting mast cells and aiding serotonin production.
- Tissue repair- by targeting neutrophils (white blood cells), firbroblasts ( tissue forming cells) and endothelial cells (cells lining blood and lymph vessels).
- We mainly use two different wavelengths for either problems on the skin surface or deeper within the body.
What conditions can we treat?
- Degenerative joint disease e.g. osteoarthritis.
- Muscle, ligament or tendon damage.
- Ear infection or inflammation.
- Gingivitis or stomatitis of the gums.
- Wounds and skin disease.
- Bone fracture, post-surgery or alongside supportive dressings.
- We now routinely use laser therapy after dog castration surgery.