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Laser Therapy

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What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy or photobiomodulation is the process of applying specific wavelengths of light to tissue to promote healing or reduce pain.  It is non-invasive, drug free, pain free and free of side effects.  It can be used in conjunction with other treatments.  The deep penetrating light wavelengths stimulate a chemical chain reaction that up regulates cells for faster healing and causes the release of endorphins.

What can it be used for?

Laser therapy is commonly used to promote healing. 

For example, it can be used after surgery to stimulate

more rapid recovery.  It is often used for pain relief as

well.  Many older dogs suffer from arthritis and laser

therapy can make them more comfortable.  It can be

helpful for many conditions from wound healing to back

pain.

How does it work?

Light wavelengths stimulate the tissue improving blood supply and stimulating the lymph system.  The blood brings healing factors to the region and increased lymph drainage reduces swelling.  Stimulation of nerve cells block the transmission of pain signals to the brain.  Finally, it stimulates the release of natural occurring pain relievers called endorphins.

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What does a typical treatment schedule look like?

When therapy is initiated, treatments are usually conducted 1-2 times per week for 6 treatments.  If continued therapy is needed, treatments are usually performed every 2 to 4 weeks.  Some patients will show progress after just one treatment, whereas some conditions will require multiple treatments to achieve improvement.

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