Infrared light is one of the safest therapies on the market today. When infrared light is administered, it reduces sensitivity of neural pathways and causes the body to release endorphins that provide a nontoxic, natural form of pain relief. Unlike ultrasound and electrical stimulation, infrared technology is so gentle that patients can use it frequently without causing more damage to injuries or other chronic pathologies.
Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) have been around for a long time but have only been introduced as a legitimate therapy option in recent years. LED’s are similar to lasers in that as they can emit the same light but differ in the way that the light energy is delivered. Lasers are focused-beam single-wavelength light emitters that can be intense enough (a ‘hot’ laser) to burn/cut tissue or ‘cold’ enough to only have light therapy effects. LED’s do not deliver enough power to damage the tissue, but they do deliver enough energy to promote natural self-healing and pain relief. With a low peak power output, the LED’s provide a much gentler delivery of the same healing wavelengths of light, as does the laser but without the same risk of accidental eye damage that lasers do.
Photizo Vetcare is perfect for treating the following:
- Skin conditions: wounds, lacerations, abscesses, saddle sores, skin allergies, eczema, etc.
- Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, tendonitis, overuse injuries and muscle spasms
- Post-op: any area treated surgically, including skin grafts
- Corneal ulcers, viral-related conditions and sinusitis
Laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. The laser used in rehabilitation helps to modulate cellular function and this process is called photobiostimulation.
The biological effects of laser therapy for animals are mainly associated with:
Analgesia and pain management:
Laser treatments are an excellent way to provide pain relief to your canine companion. Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through “vasodilation” (the opening of blood vessels) and by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. The result is a reduction in swelling which reduces pain. The lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, thereby decreasing nerve sensitivity. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, the dog will experience less pain. Laser treatments for dogs also stimulate the production of high levels of naturally-produced endorphins which further counteract your dog’s pain.
Laser therapy is a very helpful tool during postoperative recovery. In minor cases, laser therapy alone may be enough to alleviate pain and stimulate the healing process. Because it works directly on injured or affected areas, laser treatments can help speed up healing, strengthen muscle and tissue, improve mobility and enhance your dog’s overall quality of life almost immediately.
Additionally it is also non-invasive and there are no side effects when used properly. But before applying laser therapy you should have an in-depth knowledge.
Dog laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Arthritis / hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Anal gland infections
At Paws-itive Paws-abilities, we make use of both Photizo Light Therapy and Laser Therapy to specifically cater for pain management and wound healing, but we have successful outcomes in many other conditions that we treat. The effect that we see and positive owner feedback correlate with the magnitude of research in the field – especially that of Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine and Rehabilitation.