Making a Positive Difference
Lasers are 'classified' by levels. Examples are:
Class I - compact disc player, laser printer
Class II - bar code scanner
Class IIIa - laser pointer
Class IIIb - 500mw power output (0.5 watt) low level laser therapy
Class IV - surgical (cut tissue) and therapeutic (heal tissue)
We use a Class IVa, with a power output of 15 watts, which is 30 times more efficient at delivering energy than Class IIIb laser therapy units.
Energy is supplied by electricity to a filament inside the bulb. This excites electrons. As the electrons return to a resting state they emit a single photon of light. Electrons are continuously being stimulated while others fall back into a resting state, resulting in spontaneous emission of photons.
The photons enter into the tissues and act to –
1. Relieve pain (analgesia) by releasing endorphins
2. Reduce inflammation by inhibiting prostaglandins
3. Accelerate tissue repair and cell growth by increasing cellular mitosis and collegen synthesis.
4. Improve circulation via vasodilation
5. Increase cellular metabolic activity by increased production of ATP
6. Reduce fibrous tissue formation by remodeling into normal elastic tissue
7. Improve nerve function by increase in amplitude of action potential, normalizing impulse transmission
8. Accelerate wound healing by increasing production of fibroblasts
9. Stimulate immunoregulation by production of immunoglobulins and lymphocytes
Advanced therapeutic laser units have many, many uses. When managed properly, they are safe, effective, and proven tools to help increase the quality of life for our pets.
Below are a few of the most common conditions that we treat here with our therapeutic laser. If your pet has been diagnosed with any of these, or you wonder if your pet might benefit from this type of treatment, talk to your family veterinarian. It may be the right time to consider laser therapy.
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