Dana Niguel is very excited to offer an alternative treatment option for pain, inflammation and healing: the class IV therapeutic laser.
Companion laser therapy is an innovative technique used to treat acute and chronic injuries. This non-invasive treatment stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the targeted area, accelerating the healing process following surgery, alleviating joint pain and helping treat degenerative diseases.
How Companion Laser Therapy Works
Low-level (cold) laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The concentrated light energizes the cellular mass, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue the healing process by boosting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation also releases the bodies own pain-relieving hormones, generating mild anesthetic properties.
The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with the majority of patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 treatments. Each treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.
Common Applications of Laser Therapy
- Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
Low-level laser therapy is often combined with other types of veterinary medicine including pharmaceuticals and alterative therapies. The broad biochemical benefits, and relative lack of adverse side effects, have made laser therapy a preferred post-operative rehab treatment in veterinary medicine.
If you would like to know more about laser therapy, please contact your Dana Niguel Animal Hospital veterinarian.