What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy goes by many names. Cold laser, LLLT, low-level laser therapy, red light therapy and photobiomodulation are just a few, but the basic idea is that light is used to cause bio-stimulation. Laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is painless, non-invasive and can be a very quick treatment (depending on the laser). It is used to heal injury, minimize sore muscles, and stimulate muscles for exercise.
Not all lasers are created equal. It is important to understand there are different classes of lasers based on safety and power. There are also different settings that are changed for best treatment. When creating a laser treatment plan there are many things to consider:
Who should perform Laser Therapy?
In most states any one can buy a laser. There is no requirement to have a medical background or be trained in laser use. The patient is going to have the most benefit from someone who has more specific training in laser therapy. This often means finding someone who specializes in rehab/sports medicine (DACSMR), certified in rehab (CCRP, CCRT, CCRVN), or certified in non-traditional therapies like acupuncture and chiropractics. These individuals more likely understand the physics and physiology behind developing a laser treatment plan.
Laser isn't a panacea even though it can be promoted that way. It's important to remember that laser is not inherently safe. There are times when a laser shouldn't be used. Laser can cause severe eye damage. It can also burn the skin and hair when used inappropriately.
Would your dog benefit from Laser Therapy?
I use laser therapy to treat most injuries and post surgical healing. Laser can also be used post competition to help with recovery. We have had great success with both our in-house laser and our prescription lasers for at home use.
If you feel like laser did not help your dog, don't give up hope! It may be you just need different settings or a different type of laser to help your dog.
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