Therapeutic Cold Laser
Dr. Thoms has had an interest in alternative therapies for many years. In 2004, he became certified in acupuncture and in 2011, he began using a cold laser to improve the well being of his patients. He has had many rewarding outcomes with these new modalities and enjoys the healing that results without drug or surgical intervention.
What is cold laser?
Also known as low-level laser therapy, is a form of photo (light) therapy used to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain management. The laser uses focused red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The biochemical effect of the low-level light increases the production of cellular energy and thus promotes cellular regeneration, production of collagen for tissue repair and vascular dilation and synthesis for better circulation. Light from the low-level laser also encourages production of the body's natural pain relievers.
What conditions are most often treated with the cold laser?
Cold laser can be used to treat a myriad of conditions. Inflamed skin and oral tissues are commonly targeted but it is most often used on musculoskeletal injuries, soft-tissue injuries (sprains and strains) and arthritis. It also helps to release tight muscles, stimulate nerve function, reduce inflammation and aid in pain management.
How successful is cold laser therapy?
Because cold laser therapy has a cumulative effect, for best results treatments are given in a series. Frequency can vary from several treatments in a week to once monthly. The actual time that the laser is used is usually 4-6 minutes per treatment, depending on the size of the animal being treated and the location of the problem. Low-level laser therapy is often recommended in conjunction with acupuncture and other modalities to provide the best outcome.
How safe is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is very safe. When its application is appropriate, a specific protocol is decided that entail what wave length and dose to use for a particular situation. Although the term "laser" may conjure up images of the high powered lasers often used in surgery, the cold laser causes no temperature change to the patient and there is no risk of burning. Protective eye wear is required during treatment with the low-level laser and one should not look directly into the light.
Call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thoms for laser therapy if this is something you would like to explore for your kitty.