Low-level laser therapy is fast becoming a heavy player in the veterinary and animal physiotherapy world as an alternative or complementary treatment. Nowadays, dog owners are searching for the best treatment available to enhance their dogs' quality of life, and low-level laser therapy is a great option. It's a non-invasive, painless approach to pain treatment that helps support the healing process. Let's explore the uses and benefits of LLLT for our dogs in need
What Is LLLT?
Low-Level Laser Therapy, also known as cold laser, is a medical treatment that uses low-intensity lasers or light emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate healing and reduce pain at the cellular level. Unlike surgical lasers that use heat to cut or burn tissue, LLLT uses near infrared light to target specific areas of the body without damaging surrounding tissue.
How Does LLLT Work for Dogs?
LLLT (Low-Level Laser Therapy) operates on a cellular level. The photons of light it emits are directed towards the mitochondria of the cells, which are the energy powerhouses responsible for producing cellular energy. In simple terms, LLLT is similar to the way plants use UV light to photosynthesize and create energy for themselves. This interaction enhances cellular function, leading to a range of therapeutic benefits for dogs.
Interesting Facts and Research Findings
Low-Level Laser Therapy is an effective treatment option that holds great promise in the field of canine physiotherapy. As a non-invasive, painless, and scientifically validated approach to pain management, inflammation reduction, and tissue regeneration, LLLT has the potential to improve the lives of our canine companions significantly.
*Always consult with a qualified canine physiotherapist or veterinarian before starting any treatment, including LLLT, for your dog. They can provide personalised recommendations and ensure that LLLT is used safely and effectively to address your dog's specific needs.
Barale, L., Monticelli, P., & Adami, C. (2023). Effects of low‐level laser therapy on impaired mobility in dogs with naturally occurring osteoarthritis. Veterinary Medicine and Science, 9(2), 653–659. https://doi.org/10.1002/vms3.997