Where did that light come from? The Ins and Outs of Laser Therapy

The light shines on our clients at Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy. Whether cats, dogs, horses, or other species, Laser Therapy can assist with improving quality of life.  Laser Therapy is cutting edge technology in animal health care with wide applications.  It is a non-invasive approach to assist with tissue healing (wounds), reducing inflammation, and pain management.  Often referred to as Low Level Light Therapy it assists with faster healing and reducing pain at the cellular level by altering the cellular activity.  The deep penetrating light allows relief of pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate.  It works as a localized application – the Laser only treats the tissues directly below the laser wand.

Often times Laser Therapy is used in conjunction with the Veterinarian’s medical management to effectively accelerate and improve the condition for the client.  At Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy, we often combine Laser Therapy with other non-invasive modalities such as Aqua Therapy or Therapeutic Exercises in order to get a synergistic effect which maximizes outcomes.

There are different classes of Laser Therapy.  The latest is the Class IV, which has now been utilized in the practice setting for about 6 years.  Motiv was the first in the Monterey Bay area to put into practice this level of Laser Therapy. We chose to go with the more advanced Laser as it enables deeper penetration to the cells, quicker treatment times, and faster results.

A typical Laser Therapy session is in a relaxed environment.  There is no pain associated with the Laser – it is completely non-invasive for the animal.

Each of the light frequencies has its own unique “tingle”, which is stimulating cellular activity. Even the most apprehensive of pets find Laser Therapy relaxing and helps them feel better.  There is no placebo effect with animals.  They let you know if it is helping them or not.  Typically, most animals will start to show improvement after two to four sessions.  This depends on what we are treating, and the length of time in which their condition has persisted.

I have found Laser Therapy to be most effective with pain management, wound healing, spinal conditions and arthritis.   I recently had a case for wound treatment on a horse, whose tail wound was treated for over 2 months with limited results.  The equine veterinarian suggested Laser Therapy.  After 2 treatments of Laser, the wound reduced in size by over 60%, with additional stimulation of hair re-generation, reduced swelling, scar tissue formation, and increased comfort.  After 4 treatments over a 2 week period, the wound was 90% healed and no longer required attention.

Laser Therapy is a great way to help older pets move more freely.  Wherever the arthritis may be, Laser Therapy can reach it. Many older dogs have walked out of Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy with a spring in their step after consistent Laser Therapy.  Spinal conditions often times greatly benefit from Laser Therapy as well, since the spine is directly under the skin.  The Laser does not have to penetrate layers, so can effectively treat the spine and helps get the results we are looking for.

The most concerning contra indication to utilizing Laser Therapy is cancer.  Cancer does not preclude the use of Laser Therapy and is only recommended for areas that are cancer free.  Please check with your veterinarian or oncologist.

Bringing light to your pet through Laser Therapy not only reflects a non-invasive Therapeutic Therapy, but also can positively impact your pet’s quality of life.

Becky Lewis RVT.CCRP
Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy

Additional Resources
Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy Explained by Becky Lewis

Therapeutic Lasers to Treat Man’s Best Friend

Companion Therapy Laser Medical Animation

LiteCure Companion Therapy Laser


About northeastseminars

Owner/CEO of Northeast Seminars. We specialize in continuing education and certification in the physical therapy, sports med, and canine rehabilitation fields.
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