Laser Therapy

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation, is a medical treatment that uses focused light to stimulate and promote healing in cells and tissues. It has been used for various medical conditions in humans and pets. The therapy involves applying a specific wavelength and intensity of light to the targeted area.

How does it work?  

When the laser light is applied to the tissues, it penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the cells' mitochondria, which are the energy-producing structures within the cells. This absorption of light triggers a series of biochemical reactions, leading to an increase in cellular energy production and a release of various signaling molecules. As a result, the cells become more active and better equipped to repair and regenerate themselves.

Benefits for Senior Pets

Laser therapy can be particularly beneficial for senior pets as they tend to experience various age-related health issues. 

1. Pain management: Senior pets often suffer from arthritis, joint pain, and other chronic conditions. Laser therapy can provide effective pain relief by reducing inflammation and promoting the release of endorphins, natural painkillers produced by the body. This can improve their quality of life and help them move more comfortably.

2. Improved mobility: Arthritis and joint stiffness can significantly impact a senior pet's mobility. Laser therapy can help improve joint flexibility and range of motion, making it easier for them to walk, climb stairs, and perform daily activities.

3. Faster healing after injuries: Senior pets may be more prone to injuries due to reduced agility and muscle mass. Laser therapy can expedite the healing process of wounds, muscle strains, and other soft tissue injuries, enabling them to recover more quickly.

4. Non-invasive treatment: For senior pets who may have preexisting health conditions that make surgery or certain medications risky, laser therapy provides a non-invasive and drug-free treatment option.

5. Stress reduction: Senior pets may experience stress or anxiety due to age-related changes or discomfort from medical conditions. Laser therapy sessions are generally gentle and calming, which can help reduce stress in these pets during the treatment.

6. Enhanced overall well-being: Laser therapy's ability to promote cellular repair and rejuvenation can contribute to a senior pet's overall well-being. It may enhance their energy levels, mood, and appetite.

It's worth noting that while laser therapy is generally safe, there are certain situations where it may not be advisable, such as in the presence of certain tumors or infections. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian to determine the best course of action for your senior pet's health and well-being.