What is a Therapeutic Laser?
Therapeutic lasers use something called photobiostimulation to affect tissues in our body. The infrared light from these lasers penetrates the underlying tissues and can influence the lymph system, the circulation to that area, the nervous system, and wound healing. When the affected cells absorb this light energy, both the cellular respiratory and metabolic rates increase. For those that have an interest in biophysics, the physiologic effects of the light laser are many. Most importantly, there are changes in cell permeability, increased ATP levels, increased cellular proliferation, increase in the release of growth factor from macrophages, increase collagen synthesis, increased myofibroblast activity, and alterations in the pain threshold.
The top 10 biological effects of the therapeutic laser as stated by Companion Therapy Laser system are
- Relief of pain – by endorphin release and decreasing the reactivity of nerve cells
- Accelerates tissue repair and cell growth
- Reduces inflammation by increasing circulation and inhibiting inflammatory prostaglandins
- Improves circulation by stimulating the formation of new capillaries
- Improves cellular metabolic activity
- Reduces fibrous tissue formation
- Improves nerve function and regenerative properties
- Accelerates wound healing by stimulating fibroblasts which are vital to collagen production
- Stimulates immunoregulation by directly stimulating the production of immunoglobulins and lymphocytes
- Stimulates acupuncture and trigger points
CPH is dedicated to improving the quality of life of your pet. To do this we need to be diligent and pursue new innovative ways to diagnose and treat our patients. Two of our main goals are to continue to improve our medical knowledge and to utilizethe best of modern technology. The therapeutic laser helps us to accomplish both and more importantly, it is a tool in our battle to fight pain and suffering. The number of different applications for the therapeutic laser are endless; it helpsto improve healing and decrease pain in patients with arthritis, severe wounds, and chronic ear infections, to name a few. We are so excited to be able to offer this amazing new therapeutic modality and are happy to announce that we are having great results with our older, arthritic pet population. Join us in our quest to find ways to combat pain that do not involve a pill. Please let us know if you have any questions or are interested in enrolling your pet in a laser treatment plan.