Laser therapy might sound like something out of a science fiction story, but it’s very real, backed by loads of scientific research, and quite effective. Laser therapy has been in use since the 1970s in human medicine, and in the last few decades, it has also carved out a place in the field of veterinary medicine.
What Is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy (also called cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy) is a treatment modality that shines a laser light at a specific wavelength onto the targeted treatment area of a patient to impart a variety of health benefits. Laser therapy is considered both an alternative veterinary treatment and a holistic treatment.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
The specific wavelength used in laser therapy has been shown to trigger a healing response at the cellular level within a patient’s body. When treated, cells release healing enzymes.
Additionally, laser therapy increases circulation to the targeted treatment area. This increased blood flow helps to reduce swelling (inflammation) at the treatment site. It also facilitates the increased delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the treatment area which helps to accelerate the healing response.
All in all, the benefits of laser therapy include:
Reduced swelling or inflammation
Safe and non-invasive
No harmful side effects
These three benefits of laser therapy have several applications. For example, laser light therapy can help a pet heal more quickly following an injury or a surgical procedure. It can also be used to help reduce the pain during recovery without the use of medications which can have deleterious side effects. Laser therapy also has applications in the treatment of chronic health conditions, especially those that affect a pet’s musculoskeletal system, such as arthritis. Ongoing laser therapy sessions can be highly beneficial for pets suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions.
How Your Pet Benefit From Laser Therapy With Our Houston Veterinarians
At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we most commonly recommend laser therapy to mitigate pain and inflammation while helping pets to recover and heal after surgical procedures. Additionally, the pain management journey of pets that suffer from chronic conditions, such as arthritis, can benefit greatly from periodic laser therapy sessions.
To learn more about laser therapy and whether it might be an option for your pet’s wellness, we welcome you to contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic in Houston today.