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
Inhibition of inflammation
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
Reduced degeneration of neurons
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.