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Laser therapy and it's use in both horse and dog physiotherapy.

Updated: Oct 13, 2019

Healing properties have been attributed to different forms of light for many years. Several forms of light have been used therapeutically for example: sunlight, infrared, light emitting diodes and more recently therapeutic lasers.

Laser therapy has increased in horse physio and dog physio programmes for a number of conditions, including skin wounds; muscle, tendon and ligament damage; neurological conditions; arthritis and pain. Many studies have indicated extremely positive results from therapeutic laser therapy to date.

The laser works by enhancing wound repair through fibroblast stimulation and collagen formation. It increases local and systemic circulation improving tissue regeneration and lymphatic drainage.


Further benefits from research are as follows

Arthritis

  • Inhibition of inflammation

  • Reduced pain

  • Possible reduction in stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis

Ligament and tendon conditions

  • Pain reduction in acute tendonitis

  • Reduced pain and inflammation

  • Improved collagen organisation

Peripheral nerves and spine

  • Promotion of nerve recovery

  • Increased axonal growth

  • Increased myelinization

  • Reduced degeneration of neurons

Blue Laser

  • Especially good on dirty or infected wounds/ gingivitis especially in cats

Speak to your veterinary physiotherapist about the benefits that laser could have on your animal.


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