Phototherapy

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

How does it work?

  

Red and Infrared (IR) light, the protons are absorbed in the 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 – the 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 the wavelength

 

​Major uses of laser include:

  • Enhancing wound repair, soft tissue healing including existing scar tissue, bone fracture, and later assisting with osteoarthritis maintenance

  • Reduce inflammation and oedema

  • Pain relief

  • Reduction of muscle spasm

 The benefits of Phototherapy on animals

  • Increase blood flow

  • Increases lymphatic drainage which reduces edema

  • Reduces pain

  • Prevent infection

 

For extra information please read Stay on Track Blog

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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