Natural Health Solutions: Shine a Little Light
The benefits of low-level laser therapy for dogs.
Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M.
Many natural therapies, including herbal therapies, homeopathics, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and magnetic therapy, help dogs that suffer from musculoskeletal problems. Laser therapy is a new method of treatment that can also be extremely helpful for dogs suffering from aches and pains.
Holistic veterinarians are rapidly assimilating laser therapy, more correctly referred to as low-level laser light therapy, to help dogs with a variety of problems. Although LLLT can help dogs heal from almost any medical condition, it’s most commonly employed for dogs with diseases of the musculoskeletal system (sprains and strains, hip dysplasia, shoulder dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and cruciate ligament injuries) and of the nervous system (disc disease, lumbosacral disease and even epilepsy).
How LLLT works
How exactly does laser therapy assist healing? Several proposed therapeutic mechanisms are involved. The most commonly accepted mechanism of action involves individual cells and light emission. Cells in the body emit and absorb light (biophotons); these emissions and absorptions help regulate various cellular activities, including cell division, cell-to-cell communication, cell activation (turning cells on) and migration (cell movement), all of which are essential processes in wound healing.
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