Laser Therapy for Animals

We are delighted to be able to offer laser therapy with our Class IV Therapeutic Laser at East Sussex Osteopaths. Laser Therapy is also known as LLLT or Low Level Laser Therapy or Cold Laser.
This non-invasive treatment promotes rapid healing, enhances cell growth, prevents scar tissue forming and reduces inflammation and pain associated with sprains, ligament and capsular injuries, without the need for medication or surgery.

These lasers provide a level of versatility unrivalled by other lower class lasers, as they can penetrate deeper into the patient’s tissue.

Why use Laser Therapy?

How does Laser Therapy work?

The Medical Laser Therapy system sends beams of light energy (photons), deep into tissue without causing any damage. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”.   This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell.  ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation.  Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate.  Increased ATP production leads to reduced pain and inflammation and increased healing speed and healthier animals.

Laser Therapy is conducted whilst the Osteopath articulates the area being treated, as this improves the results of each treatment.

Is laser therapy new?

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue and disorders.  Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available.

What to expect during a Laser Therapy treatment session for my pet?

The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator (osteopath) and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe (pet owner).  The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear.  The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive headpiece to treat the affected area. The osteopath will move the probe over the area needing treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.

What will my pet feel?

Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. Often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow you’re pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr, dogs will fall asleep and horses will relax their head down during their therapy session.

What can be treated with Laser Therapy?

If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

Common treatable conditions: DOGS

Common treatable conditions: HORSES

Class IV Laser Therapy is also used to activate acupuncture points and can be used to treat a wide range of skin problems.

How long does the treatment take and how many sessions will my pet need?

Most patients see results within 3 to 5 treatments but treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Your osteopath will develop a treatment plan that is right for your pet as treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary treatment alongside other therapies such as osteopathy, massage and hydrotherapy.

Is Laser Therapy safe?

LiteCure Medical lasers are cleared by the FDA and adhere to strict ISO standards in order to provide you with the safest non-invasive treatment option on the market. Laser therapy provides you with a safe and effective alternative to medicines and surgery.  So there are no known side effects with this treatment.

Should I consult my vet?

Yes. It is illegal for any treatment to be conducted by any other practitioner on an animal without the consent from your attending vet. Before an appointment can be made, please ask your vet to fill out the Veterinary Consent Form found at the top of the home page and to attach any relevant medical history they feel will help in the examination and treatment of your pet.

Is my pet covered for Laser Therapy on their insurance?

Yes, the majority of insurance companies are happy for an animal insured with them, to receive Laser Therapy from a registered osteopath holding valid insurance, provided that the treating vet recommends the treatment and refers the case. (Do check with your insurer prior to treatment if you wish to make a claim).

What can I expect to notice after the treatment?

You might see a change in activity, for some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.

How should I support my pet after treatment?

There are no specific things you need to do after the treatment, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as your pet’s condition dictates and is outlined by your osteopath.

Is there anything my pet should or shouldn’t do, or take, while on the treatment?

Just follow normal treatment protocols as outlined. You do not need to be overly cautious nor should you overdo any activities. Just business as usual.

When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?

You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable. For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition.  Each animal is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.

Does my horse have to be injured to need treatment?

No. Preventing athletic injuries is also possible with Laser Therapy. An equine athlete that is more flexible, in less pain and relaxed will compete at a higher level and less prone to injuries.

Superior treatment, faster recoveries from injuries, and performance enhancement are all possible through the use of Laser Therapy.

Is there medically documented evidence to support this therapy?

Yes, there are many documented medical journals and case history’s to provide evidence this therapy works. Below is a link showing publications that illustrates some of the Veterinary evidence supported by Laser Therapy.

LiteCure Website Case Studies

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