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Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light in the red and near infra-red range resulting in improved healing time, pain
In other words, like a plant absorbs the sun’s light energy, and transforms it into chemical energy that enables the plant to grow – a process called Photosynthesis. As happens in the plant, the chemical energy created by the stimulation of the chromophores and cytochromes is used by the tissue to significantly accelerate the healing process and reduce pain in the body naturally.
The best part of all is that the procedure is painless, requires no exercise restrictions, and allows a decreased use of medications!
The therapeutic laser purchased by Beverly Oaks Animal Hospital & Emergency Animal Clinic is the newest generation of laser and contains 4 different wavelengths so the properties of 4 different tissues can be stimulated to effect healing.
The 905 nm wavelength is absorbed by hemoglobin, the molecule in the red blood cell that carries oxygen from the lungs to the cells of the body. Hemoglobin releases the oxygen at a variable rate, but when stimulated by the laser delivering this wavelength to the area, the red blood cells release the oxygen more rapidly and thus more oxygen is delivered to the area under therapy. In conjunction with the 800 nm wavelength, which stimulates cytochrome c oxidase—more ATP (think “cell food”) is produced in the area undergoing treatment, and thus cells are able to heal more rapidly.
All surgical incision closures should receive a laser treatment to cause a more rapid closure of the incision than the commonly expected 14 to 21 days by stimulating the process described above.
The 660 nm wavelength is absorbed by
Bite wounds, chronic non-resolving skin infections, as well as skin and ear infections due to resistant bacteria, should all have a course of laser therapy to help resolve the recurrent condition.
So, putting it all together, what will we use it for?
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, the cells of tendons, ligaments
Faster Wound Healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development [fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing] in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, LT is effective on open wounds and burns.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
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Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilatation, an increase in the diameter of blood vessels.
Increased Metabolic Activity
Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
Improved Nerve Function
Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of
Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief