How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy uses concentrated light energy to facilitate faster healing and pain relief. The process is called photobiomodulation. The light energy causes a number of physiological effects including:
- Increased cell production, which quickens healing of damaged tissue
- Improved blood circulation which reduces inflammation
- Increased release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
Conditions Helped by Laser Therapy
Laser therapy for dogs and cats can help improve many different conditions, whether acute or chronic. Common conditions we treat with laser therapy include:
- Skin conditions like lick granulomas and hot spots
- Surgical incisions
- Joint injuries
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Ear infections
- Old age aches and pains
- Orthopedic conditions like hip dysplasia
- And more
The only instance for which we cannot use laser therapy is if your pet has, or is suspected to have, cancer. This is because the laser light could inadvertently stimulate the production of cancer cells.