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Should You, Or Your Animal, Get Laser Therapy?

Low-Level Laser (also known as Cold Laser) Therapy uses light to enhance the body’s natural healing processes. The light source is placed on the skin, allowing the light energy (photons) to penetrate tissue where it interacts to increase circulation and help restore normal cellular function. LLLT does not break the skin, as do surgical lasers.

The FDA approved LLLT (also known as cold laser) as an effective method for pain relief. One FDA study showed that LLLT caused tissues (muscle, skin, nerve) to heal 66 percent faster!

For inflammation, laser therapy causes the smaller arteries and lymph vessels of the body to increase in size, which is called vasodilation. Vasodilation allows inflammation, swelling, and edema to be cleared away from injury sites more effectively. Vasodilation in lymph nodes promotes lymphatic drainage, which also aids in the healing process.

The laser  is also used to help heal wounds and to treat many types of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders such as  sprains/strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and fibromyalgia.

I have a client who had terrible pain in her heels and walked around on her tiptoes. I did 5-10 cold laser sessions on her feet and she has been pain free (and hiking several times a week) for about 18 months. In her case, it took several sessions for the pain to begin to diminish. The benefits of cold laser therapy appear to be cumulative – in some cases, relief can begin immediately, but it may take several treatments for the results to become evident. The total number of treatments needed depends on the condition being treated, the severity of the condition, and each patient’s individual response. In general, 4-12 treatments are usually necessary to begin the healing process of tissue.




Why Laser Therapy?

Cold laser technology is becoming generally accepted, and health practitioners are using it on a daily basis. Cold lasers are now being used to heal a wide range of nerve, muscle,and joint conditions for animals and humans. Painful arthritis in a joint, or tendonitis can be treated in a non-invasive way with low level laser therapy.

More than 56 million human patients suffer from acute and chronic pain in the U.S. In the not too distant past, this situation was managed with toxic drugs. Cold laser is the only technology proven to eliminate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate tissue healing through three independent cellular pathways.

Cold laser use has been proven extremely safe and effective (> 90% efficacy) in blinded, randomized, controlled clinical studies.

Animals tolerate cold laser therapy very well. There is no need for sedation. It is fairly quick, and owners can be present. It is also very useful for post-surgery healing, reducing the inflammation in an incision before the patient even wakes up.


How to Cope with Tendinitis

Tendons are tough, fibrous connective tissue that connect muscles to bones.Just about any repeated motion can cause tendinitis. Tendons can become inflamed when overused. Even poor posture can cause tendinitis. Some of the common places for tendinitis to occur are the shoulder, wrist, knee, shin, and heel.

Tendinitis is common in performance horses. Horses that race are at risk, but horses that work or compete at lesser speeds also suffer from the condition.  Conformation can exacerbate an individual horse’s propensity to tendinitis. Long sloping pasterns, long toes, being over at the knees, and tied in knees can increase the risk of pain and injury when extreme extension is required by the limb.

Taking a week or two off from the activity that caused the inflammation in the first place can help reduce the pain, swelling, and stiffness. Keeping the muscles elastic through gentle stretching and stress point therapy is a way to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. Massage increases circulation, which aids the body’s natural ability to make inflammation go away. Cold laser is also very helpful in dealing with inflammation and pain.

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