Class IV Laser Treatment 

Healing their pain… changing their life.
The Dales Veterinary Centre is at the forefront of pet healthcare in Otley, and in keeping with our philosophy of bringing you the best healthcare, we are delighted to now offer laser therapy as a treatment option for pets. We are in fact the first Veterinary Practice in the UK to have the newest quad wavelength Class IV laser therapy unit. Read on to find out more about this amazing therapy and find out if it could help your pet.

What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a cutting edge treatment using high intensity light particles (called Photons) to stimulate cells and promote healing (photobiomodulation).
These effects include:

• Improved healing time
• Pain reduction
• Increased circulation
• Decreased swelling.

The therapy is easy to administer, we have a laser generator that we run gently over the affected body part, effectively “painting” it in photons. These light particles then stimulate the damaged cells reducing pain and promoting tissue repair and recovery.
Laser Therapy has been widely used in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s and since 2002 in the United States. It was used extensively during the 2012 Olympics on both human and equine athletes.

It sounds kind of weird, does it work?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of Laser Therapy for many clinical conditions.
It is not however a magic cure for everything, there are sadly some conditions and cases of any disease that are too extreme for laser therapy to be effective.
Cellular effects of laser therapy
During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
Laser therapeutic effects
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
What to expect
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them.
Most pets do not need to have their hair clipped.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit. For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition. A sample treatment schedule is as follows:

• Every other day for one week [3 total]
• Twice the second week [2 total]
• Once the third week [1 total]
• Boosters as needed

We will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.
Numerous studies show that Laser Therapy can help with:

• Arthritis & Joint Pain
• Muscle tendon and ligament injuries
• Swelling
• Puncture Wounds
• Post-Traumatic Injury
• Post-Surgical Pain
• Neck and Back Pain
• Hip Dysplasia
• Burns
• Chronic Wounds
• Rehabilitation after Orthopedic Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment time is 3 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including hydrotherapy and following surgery - where laser therapy reduces pain and improves the healing process. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Can I be present when my pet has a therapy session?
Absolutely! Because treatment is pain free and fast it can be done in a regular consultation.
What happens next?
If you think your pet is suffering from a condition that may benefit from laser therapy then book in to see one of our vets to assess the problem. If it's appropriate then we'll create a treatment schedule. Call us on 01943 463447 today.

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