"splashy-pups-hydrotherapy" and "fit four paws" physiotherapy

Canine Hydrotherapy Association and IAAT Physiotherapy clinic

Laser Therapy

Cold level lasers can be used to treat many conditions and are safe and effective and non invasive to your pet.

The laser is a hand held machine on which the head is held gentle against the skin over muscles or joints.

The main three benefits of using laser therapy are

* reduction in pain

* reduction in inflammation

* promotion of healing

I use a combination of class 3b and class 4 lasers to provide the best possible treatment.

How does it work

Cold level laser do not create excessive thermol heat and so can be used for longer periods over damaged tissue and joints.

The primary target for the laser is the cytochrome complex found in the inner membrane of the cell mitochondrial (the main cell power producers)

Cytochrome complex is an important part of the transport chain which drives cell metabolism.

As the laser light is absorbed is creates an increase in adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

ATP is the molecule which facilitates energy transfer in the cell.

Alongside ATP, laser also caused a production of free nitrate oxide and reactive oxygen. Nitrate oxide is a strong vasodilator and outside of the cell this improves the micro circulation in the damaged tissues. this introducers more sugers, oxygen and protiens to the damaged cell and removes waste.

Reactive oxygen has been found to affect important physiological processes, especially the pathways of inflammatory response.

Combined together, these two products can also affect growth factor production, increase cell proliferation and to promote extracellular matrix deposition.

The use of laser light can also allow the release of opioids and to slow down the neural passage of pain receptors to reduce pain.

Laser light also slows down excessive inflammatory processes and speeds up the lymphatic system to remove more waste products

What can it be used for

arthritis

pain reduction

reduction of swelling

DJD

hip dysplasia

elbow dysplasia

cruciate injury

muscle strains

tendonitis

ligament injury

neurological disorder

laser can also be used

following surgery or fracture repair to promote faster healing.

over wounds to assist healing

skin damage

and many more conditions

Reasons to used laser therapy

Anti-Inflammation

Laser therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth

Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.

Improved Vascular Activity

Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.

Increased Metabolic Activity

Laser therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of hypersensitive nociceptors, normalization of the membrane firing threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain

Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points

Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation

Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.

Improved Nerve Function

Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue may result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.

Immunoregulation

Therapy laser photons have an effect on the immune system’s status through stimulation of immunoglobins, neutrophils, and lymphocytes.

Faster Wound Healing

Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.

class 3b laser