In this post I’m focusing on Laser Therapy and how it can be used to help animals.
So what is it?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is often also known as Cold Laser Therapy. There are a variety of lasers used for therapy however, they vary in the size of their beam and ability to affect the injury/ailment.
LLLT is basically light therapy as lasers are instruments which deliver light amplified into a small, focused beam. It is also sometimes known as phototherapy.
Isn’t Laser Therapy dangerous?
Hot lasers are used for surgical purposes, to cut tissue. So yes, hot laser therapy (only to be used by skilled veterinary surgeons) does have the potential to be harmful if incorrectly used with your animals.
LLLT however, does not usually cause any unwanted side effects and is non-invasive.
How Can Low Level Therapy Help My Animal?
It’s used to stimulate healing, for both injuries and post-surgery where tissue needs to repair.
LLLT is often used to help with the following:
- Wounds (both new and older ones that are proving difficult to heal);
- Joint injuries;
- Tendon/Ligament injuries;
- Pain relief from chronic conditions
Animals often find LLLT relaxing, and usually do not need to be sedated or have their hair clipped/shaved.
How Quick Will LLLT Help My Animal?
Some suggest that it will reduce the healing time by half. However, as is the case with any injury or ailment, some animals will respond quicker than others. Additionally, it will depend on the ailment that the LLLT is being used to help – some will require longer treatment than others.
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Low Level Laser therapy is popular because it is a drug-free way of promoting health. Dogs, cats, horses and other animals can all enjoy the benefits of LLLT.
But remember as with any complementary therapy, LLLT is not intended to replace veterinary care. If you’re ever in doubt as to what ailment your animal has, then do call your Veterinary Surgeon for a diagnosis and professional advice first!
Where can your animal receive a LLLT treatment?
Many veterinary surgeons use LLLT within their practice, as do a wide range of professional complementary therapists working with animals.
If you would like help locating a vet or therapist near you who uses LLLT, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org, as we maybe able to help.