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Veterinary Acupuncture and Pain Management

Laser Therapy

Veterinary acupuncture and pain management is able to offer class IV laser as part of a multimodal pain management plan for osteoarthritis and to help treat a variety of other conditions. 

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How does it work? 

Laser therapy involves directing infra-red radiation into inflamed or damaged tissues to accelerate the body’s natural healing process. 
The laser is placed in direct contact with the skin which enables light photons to penetrate the tissue and interact with molecules within the cells to cause several biochemical effects (photobiomodulation)

What does it involve? 

Each session lasts anywhere between 1 minute and 30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Treatment for arthritis tends to take the longest as we treat the painful joints as well as any associated muscle pain/spasm. 
The number of sessions required depends on the condition. Some conditions will only require a few sessions. 
For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, we would normally recommend an initial course of 6 treatments over the first 3 weeks, followed by long term treatment every 1-4 weeks depending on the duration of benefit. 

What else do you need to know? 

The treatment is pain free, non-invasive and safe. It is tolerated very well, in fact most patients enjoy their sessions! 
It is compatible with any other treatment your pet may need, including oral medication, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and physiotherapy. 
Your pet’s hair does not need to be clipped, they do not need to be sedated and you can remain with them at all times. 
It is even covered by insurance (although we always recommend you check with your provider first). 

Laser has the following effects: 

  • Increases the temperature of the tissue which has a soothing effect and increases blood supply 

  • Provides energy for the cells within the tissue allowing them to repair

  • Reduces the transmission of pain signals from the tissue to the central nervous system 

  •  Analgesic effects 

  • Reduction of inflammation

  • Reduction of oedema

  • Reduction of muscle spasm

  • Wash out of pain inducing substances 

  • Increased endorphin synthesis 

  • Regulation of pain sensory conduction 

  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-oedema effects 

  • Vasodilation and alteration of the permeability of lymphatic vessels and capillaries 

  • Wash out of pro-inflammatory mediators

  • Inhibition of production of inflammatory mediators 

  • Biostimulating effects 

  • Increased availability of nutrients, oxygen and growth factors due to vasodilation Activation of cellular functions

  • Restoration and regulation of the cellular energy metabolism 

  • Stimulation of cell proliferation and differentiation 

  • Encouragement of repair to damaged muscle fibres and nerve endings 

  • Stimulation of matrix protein synthesis and organisation 

  • Control of the formation and organisation of scar tissue

Diagram explaining how laser therapy works

Examples of conditions that can benefit from therapeutic laser include (but are not limited to):

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Muscle Spasms / Contracture

  • Myofascial Pain (Trigger points)

  • Fracture repair

  • Wound healing

  • Muscle,  Ligament and Tendon injuries

  • Intervertebral disc disease

  • Stomatitis / Gingivitis

  • Dermatological conditions (e.g. ear infections, lick granulomas, anal sac inflammation, anal furunculosis)

  • Feline cystitis

Further Information

If you would like any further information regarding laser therapy or your pets suitability for this treatment then please contact me via the online contact form or email me at

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