Munster Animal Hospital is proud to offer Class IV laser therapy to our clients as an effective treatment for many cases of acute and chronic pain, inflammation and woundhealing. Laser therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other treament modalities, and has the benefit of being a drug-free, non-surgical, safe means of provding lasting pain relief. Laser therapy uses light to penetrate tissue in a process called photobiostimulation.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
What to Expect
No sedation is required for your pet's laser therapy treatments, which often have a calming effect on our patients. Depending on the condition being treated, most pets exhibit improvement after the first 3 treatments. For most conditions we recommend a series of treatments, each lasting only about two to eight minutes.
Laser therapy dilates the blood vessels and stimulates lymphatic circulation, helping to reduce inflammation.
Laser therapy provides pain-killing, or analgesic, effects. It has a direct effect on nerve cells, including suppression of receptors that send pain signals to the brain. It also increases production of endorphins and enkephalins, which are the body's "natural pain-killers."
Laser therapy stimulates activity within cells, resulting in increased oxygen, increased production of the energy molecule ATP (adenosine-triphosphate), and increased enzyme production. These actions help tissue to heal more quickly and reduce the formation of scar tissue. Surgical incisions and other injuries benefit from treatment with laser therapy.
Laser therapy has been used in Europe for many years now, and is curretly used in the United States to treat humans for everything from sports injuries to rheumatoid arthritis. We are excited to provide the advanced technology to our canine and feline patients. Ask us if your pet might benefit from this affordable, non-invasive, drug-free technology. Your pet will be glad you did!