Veterinary Applications of Laser Therapy
Acupuncture Points and Trigger Points: Traditional Chinese acupuncture points are stimulated by a focused laser beam, used solely or in combination with acupuncture needles, to produce a systemic effect; high doses of laser therapy may be used to deactivate trigger points (hyperirritable spots that induce pain elsewhere in the body) found in muscle, ligaments, tendons, and periosteum.
Anti-Inflammatory: Creates vasodilation, activates the drainage process of the lymphatic system, reduces the mediators that incite irritation.
Bone Repair: Improves healing times after trauma or orthopedic surgery (can be used over metal hardware).
Infections: Viral, fungal, bacterial (laser therapy stimulates the immune system).
Intraoperational Procedures: Can be used during surgery to directly affect damaged tissues.
Musculoskeletal System: Sprains, strains, fractures, ruptures, disorders, degenerative conditions.
Neurological: Remediation of peripheral nerve injuries and spinal cord lesions; improves nerve function; accelerates nerve regeneration.
Oral Problems: Gingivitis, stomatitis.
Pain Management: For acute or chronic conditions, especially beneficial in reducing pain from arthritis and neurological pathologies; can reduce or eliminate the need for pharmaceuticals in certain cases.
Skin Conditions: Ulcers, dermatitis, lick granulomas, burns, hot spots, pressure sores.
Tissue Healing: Accelerates cellular reproduction and growth, reduces inflammation, swelling and formation of scar tissue, prevents tissue damage and death.
Wound Healing: Induces cellular proliferation; increases formation of new blood vessels, activates collagen (the protein necessary for tissue replacement and repair) and DNA synthesis; prompts growth factor release; reduces wound closure time; increases breaking strength of the wound.