At one time, people and animals alike had to tolerate pain and just
"buck up" to get through it. Now, we know that pain actually slows
healing and we humans expect relief. Well, so can our pets! The new
Class IV Therapy Laser penetrates deeply into tissues to bring amazing
healing, decreased swelling, and blessed reprieve from chronic
arthritis, acute trauma, surgeries, and miscellaneous wounds.
We have been using our therapy laser and seeing great results since
October of 2007. Our clinic mascot dog, Chocolate, was our first
volunteer. A 14 1/2 years old terrier mix, he is missing the cartilage
in two places between vertebrae in his back. Before treatment, he cried
out occasionally when navigating stairs and he walked slowly with an
arch in his back. He did not eat well. Chocolate had been on a major
pain relief medication for two years already before laser treatment. The
day after only one five minute session, he seemed much improved. When
he had completed the recommended 6 treatments, he seemed to be a new
dog. Now, he runs up and down the stairs, plays, gets toys out of his
box and shakes them. He can jump easily into his favorite chair and his
appetite has increased greatly. We have our old dog back again, happy,
healthy, and playful once more. He has not needed any oral pain
medications since his six treatments in October. Perhaps your best
four-legged friend is a candidate for this new kind of therapy.
What is the science behind this novel treatment? The therapy laser
generates photons of light that penetrate deeply into inflamed joints,
muscles, or wounds. Patients feel only a mild warmth. Tissue cells
absorb photons and turn them into useful energy that stimulates
increased metabolic activity, better oxygenation, and formation of
healing enzymes. Faster metabolism and optimum chemical factors then
result in quicker cellular reproduction and tissue repair. This light
energy stimulates more rapid formation of new capillaries that speed
healing and it activates lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling.
also occur outside the specifically targeted area. This laser light
helps to strengthen immunity by activating immunoglobulins and
lymphocytes which protect the body from disease.
Patients who will likely benefit from laser therapy are those in whom
we can localize and target the damaged tissues. Hip dysplasia, back
injuries that are either chronic or new, bad knees or elbows, are all
candidates for laser therapy. In addition, strains and sprains,
surgeries, and many types of wounds will respond to this treatment.
Therapy laser applications in horses abound, especially where drugs are
not allowed for performance competition.
Sometimes, a single therapy session is adequate. For more involved
cases, the recommended protocol is to treat the pet three times spread
within the first week, two times in the second week, and once in the
third week. Then, repeat in six months as needed. We are excited to add
this new dimension to our pain control regime. Stop by and visit with
Chocolate and he will be happy to tell you more about it!