Laser therapy can make all the difference in the world for animals suffering from a number of conditions, including arthritis, neck and back pain, trauma, post-surgery pain, and many inflammatory diseases like lick granulomas and anal sac issues.
For animals with these problems, laser therapy treatment can mean living in comfort instead of living with pain.
What are the benefits
of laser therapy for animals?
This laser treatment is beneficial for relieving pain, healing wounds (including surgical incisions), and decreasing inflammation. We’ve used our laser to treat hotspots, trauma, ligament and tendon injuries, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and a variety of other problems. We have also seen many owners travel more than two hours to our clinic for laser treatments for their pets. These clients and their animals have left happy and ready to go back to their normal lives.
Laser therapy is a valuable treatment plan because it is non-invasive. It helps fluid and blood flow and stimulates the release of endorphins, a pet’s natural painkiller. It is a painless procedure that often helps reduce pain and recovery time.
Here are 10 Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy:
- Anti-Inflammatory: MLS Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system, which drains swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
- Analgesic: MLS Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells. It blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain, which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to decreased inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain-killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalin from the brain and adrenal gland.
- Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are repaired faster.
- Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include the acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilation and increases the diameter of blood vessels.
- Increases Metabolic Activity: MLS Laser Therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
- Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points: MLS Laser Therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a noninvasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: MLS Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or surgery.
- Improved Nerve Function: Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection and increases the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle healing.
- Immunoregulation: Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Upon exposure to the laser, enzymes in the body are activated and energized for greater immunity against disease.
- Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, MLS Laser Therapy is an effective post-surgically and in the treatment of open wounds and burns.
The Class IV Laser used at Richman Animal Clinic is a next-generation laser. It is used by numerous professional sports teams and the US Olympic team because it is able to penetrate tissue with perfect accuracy. The end result is a much shorter treatment period. By treating both pain and inflammation at the same time, the laser treatments are more effective and efficient for our pets.
While laser therapy can address serious issues of pain and inflammation, it is also used to quickly heal superficial lesions or open wounds. This means, of course, that pets spend less time with a cone around their neck! And it can save you money in the long run.
We are the only clinic in Richmond Heights that can help our animals recover faster and with less pain by using laser therapy.
Call (440) 585-3600 with any questions or to schedule a laser therapy consultation with our veterinarian, Dr. Pawling.