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

How does it work?


Red and IR light, the protons are absorbed at 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 – 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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