What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a pain-free, drug-free, surgery-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of injuries, pain, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, and dermatological problems in pets. It is extremely safe and effective and has no side effects, and no sedation is necessary.
Laser therapy treatment delivers high spectrum light waves into the body, relieving discomfort and reducing stiffness. Laser therapy can be used for:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Back pain
- Traumatic dermatitis
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Lick granulomas
- Degloving injuries
- Dermatological injuries
- Ulcerations and open wounds
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Neuromuscular disease
- Pain associated with aging
Dr. Gladstein often administers laser therapy as an added approach to help cure various ailments. It is particularly useful with geriatric dogs, especially when more invasive methods are not practical.
How does it work?
Laser therapy is a treatment that prompts the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered directly to your pet’s body and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells then become activated and reproduce at a higher speed. The laser also boosts circulation in the body and causes a natural anti-inflammatory reaction, which results in immediate pain relief and a dramatic acceleration of the healing process. There is no burning or stinging; your pet will only feel a little warmth on the affected area.
How long does it take?
Laser therapy treatments last up to 50-minutes per session. Most pets undergo between one and six sessions; treatment varies per pet and ailment. Relief is immediate.
How can laser therapy help my pet?
Laser therapy offers a pain-free, drug-free, surgery-free way to alleviate chronic pain. It can provide your dog with much-needed instantaneous relief. It is completely non-invasive and a favorite treatment among pets.
What are some of the ailments that might be treated with laser therapy?
Degenerative joint disease
Intervertebral disc disease
Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
Sprains and strains
Ulcerations and open wounds
Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
Pain associated with aging
Is it painful? How will my pet react?
Most pets will be very relaxed, as laser therapy does not hurt at all. Some cats may purr. Most dogs tend to fall asleep during their sessions. Your pet will feel instant relief.
Is it safe?
Laser therapy is one of the safest therapies available when practiced by an experienced laser therapist. Side effects are unusual with laser therapy.
Infrared Laser Therapy
Infrared laser therapy is another pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, dermatological problems, and pain in pets. Though it addresses many of the same conditions, infrared laser therapy differs from laser therapy in that it utilizes a different light wavelength that penetrates more superficially. The infrared laser is pointed at the affected body area. There is no burning or stinging. Your pet will not feel a thing, only immediate pain relief.