Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Canine Cold Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also known as Laser Phototherapy (LPT), cold or soft laser or laser photobiomodulation is the application of a monochromatic (single wavelength), coherent (all waves travel in same direction), and polarised (beam is pointed in a specific location) light to injuries, lesions and areas of acute or chronic pain to stimulate healing, reduce pain and inflammation.

 

Suppawtive Health Solutions use SpectraVET Lasers which are the preferred veterinary laser by VCA, leading Veterinary group in USA. Laser therapy combined with Bowen Therapy and/or massage can give fast and effective results for pain, inflammation and wound healing.

Is LLLT painful?

Cold laser light therapy is pain-free and as it doesn't heat up it is able to penetrate the skin with no heating or damaging effect to the skin or fur.

How does LLLT work?

Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that manages pain, promotes wound healing, reduces inflammation and swelling. Laser therapy not only hastens cellular healing, it actually improves the way tissue repairs and renews itself. It is used in veterinary medicine to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and degenerative diseases that affect our pets.

Lasers improve muscle strength and resilience, reverse muscle atrophy, enhance range of motion, flexibility and mobility. Patients don't need to be sedated for treatment by laser and often fall asleep during the treatment due to an instant reduction in pain.

Laser light works by penetrating the layers of the skin, deep into the tissue which creates a chemical and physical reaction at a cellular level that leads to a cascade of reparative biological processes, including:

  • Improved oxygenation of cells

  • Increased cellular energy

  • Recruitment of lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell that fights illness and disease) to aid healing of wounds and injuries in areas undergoing repair and/or infection

  • Facilitates clearance of inflammatory cells, fluids and debris via the lymphatic system

  • Regeneration of neural tissue

  • Stimulates muscle cell function

  • Temporary neural blockage which prevents the pain signal reaching the pain

  • Stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s own natural pain relieving chemicals

Are There Any Side Effects Of Laser Therapy For Dogs or Cats?

Laser treatment for dogs and cats has no known side effects, and is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry. It effectively complements conventional veterinary medicine and surgery. It should not however be used on cancerous lesions.

Low-level laser therapy is an effective treatment for the following conditions:

  • Inflammation

  • Oedema (excessive fluid buildup in tissue) 

  • Skin/Wound healing and burns

  • Small bone healing

  • Pain (Muscular and Skeletal)

  • Arthritis

  • Tendonitis

  • Neurologic diseases

  • Hair loss

  • Joint injuries

  • Sprains and strains

How much does LLLT cost?

LLLT, where required, is included in our Bowen therapy and massage treatments at no additional cost.