This is a post that I wrote over three years ago just after I got the laser. I think it’s worth reposting as it does give a good overview of the power of the laser and how valuable it can be to treat a multitude of issues. I have been consistently impressed with how fantastic this treatment modality can be over the last few years. I sometimes use the laser to stimulate acupuncture points if I have very needle shy dogs and it can provide great results (although I still prefer sticking needles in - maybe I have a slightly sadomasochistic streak!). Read on an enjoy (and if you’ve read it before, enjoy a blast from the past!).
When I told my partner that I’d just ordered the laser, the reply I got back was (and I quote) “Ooh! Can we get some photon torpedoes and a light sabre too?”. And this really got me thinking (after I debated looking for a distributor for said items)- that actually most people don’t know anything about therapeutic lasers (I certainly didn’t know anything about them before I entered the world of canine rehabilitation, and once I did know then I just WANTED one - I just kept thinking of all the patients who could benefit from this great treatment). Most people don't know what we can use them for, how they work, and whether I am going to microwave your dog when I treat it?! So really the aim of this blog to shed a little light on the subject and hopefully explain what they can do and where they can be beneficial. I could go into the nitty gritty of the science behind them, how they increase ATP and thus adenosine which increases NO and thus increases vasodilation and…… but I can already hear your minds switching off (and your attention going to other, far more riveting subjects) - you want to know HOW they can impact on YOUR pet and their wellbeing! So that’s what I will try and cover. If you do want to know more about the science (and it’s fascinating) then please head over the the KLaser website (www.klaser.co.uk) or WALT (World Association of Laser Therapy) - both are a wealth of information. There are also some fantastic testimonials and case studies on the KLaser website.
So! Onto the KLaser and what it does. Laser therapy, or ‘photobiomodulation', is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to create therapeutic effects. Therapeutic laser treatment has been around since the 1970’s. There are multiple effects but the aim of the laser is to help the body to heal itself by using high intensity light particles to stimulate the cells in the body. The deep penetrating light increases circulation and brings in oxygen, water and nutrients to the tissues, creating the best environment for the damaged cells to heal. Here are some of the effects the laser has:
Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth
Faster wound healing
Reduced fibrous tissue (scar) formation
Analgesia (pain relief)
Improved vascular activity
Increased metabolic activity
Improved nerve function
To summarise, the laser will improve healing time, reduce pain, increase the circulation to the area treated and decrease any swelling. The treatments do not require sedation or anaesthesia, your pet just has to stay reasonably still whilst the laser handpiece is passed over the area that is being treated. Generally the laser handpiece is in contact with the skin, but we can treat from a short distance if the animal is too tender to be touched, or if we are treating a wound. The animals generally really enjoy their sessions as they feel a warming comforting sensation as the session progresses. And treatment times are fairly short - total treatment with the laser last 2-8minutes, although sometimes we will have pauses to allow the animal to move around - this seems to help improve the response to treatment. A response to treatment can sometimes be seen within 12 hours, but the effect is cumulative and we would recommend 6-7 treatments for the greatest benefit. We can perform LASER treatments in conjunction with other treatments.Many rigorous studies have shown the benefit of the laser for a wide range of conditions. However, it is not a cure for everything and there will be some cases which will be too extreme for laser treatment.
There are many conditions that can really benefit from laser therapy - the list below is not exhaustive so please contact us if you want to know if it could be of benefit to your pet:
Oedema and congestion
Wounds -acute (both traumatic and surgical) and chronic
Post op pain
Neck and Back pain
As part of a rehabilitation programme for musculoskeletal conditions.
We can treat pretty much any animal with the laser - dogs, cats, horses and even the more exotic of species (reptiles, birds, small flurries)! There are very few reasons why we would avoid using the laser (contraindications), but we won’t use it over a pregnant abdomen, over tumours, over the thyroid gland in the throat, or over the eyes.
Klaser have been involved in trials in human hospitals in the London region for the treatment of decubital ulcers in human diabetic patients, and for hand injuries. the Klaser is approved by NICE, so it’s clearly an excellent quality laser. We have the Cube 4 Klaser, which is the top of the range Klaser, and one of only three class four lasers available in the UK (and the best -though I am, of course, biased. I like to think I did my research before I bought it).
Amazing isn’t it?! We have the opportunity to treat your pet in a pain free, drug free, surgery free way! Awesome!