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Phototherapy

This therapy is non-invasive – no pain involved, patient could tolerate the therapy in a relaxed manner

How does it work ?

  

Red and IR light, the protons are absorbed at cell membrane in the mitochondria, this helps the body to heal itself by repairing and regenerating tissues

  • Red light – promote wound healing, depth of penetration 2 cm

  • IR light – promote wound healing, soft tissue injuries (tears, haematomas and tendinopathies), depth of penetration greater than 2 cm

  • Blue light – antibacterial effect

What is Phototherapy and what are it’s therapeutic uses?

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (LASER)

 

  • Light is delivered in energy packages called photons – hence phototherapy

  • Colour vision due to 3 types of cone cells on the retina

  • These cells hence different responses to wavelength

 

​Major uses of laser include:

  • Acceleration of tissue healing and repair

  • Pain relief

  • Reduction of muscle spasm

  • Epithelial cells stimulation and reduction of scar tissue

 The benefits of Phototherapy on animals

  • Increase blood flow

  • Increases lymphatic drainage which reduces edema

  • Reduces pain

  • Prevent infection


For extra information please read: 

Effects of low-level laser therapy on wound healing

Treated conditions

  • Post-operative treatment

  • Superficial tissue bruising and heamatomas

  • Soft tissue problems: muscle, tendon, fascia and ligaments

  • Mastitis

  • Wounds (acute, chronic)

  • Gingivitis in cats

  • Otitis

  • Acute injuries

  • Chronic skin problems

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