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An increase in technology and efficiency of therapeutic lasers used in veterinary clinics has gained an increasing amount of attention recently. As veterinarians learn more about how they can make this service available to their clients, pet owners seem to be increasingly seeking new alternatives for pet health. What is laser therapy and how does it work? More importantly, is purchasing this technology going to be able to provide the return on investment a practice is hoping for?
Laser therapy works by decreasing inflammation, increasing endorphins, and restoring cellular metabolic function. Therapeutic lasers or class IV lasers, and cold lasers, class III lasers work differently than surgical lasers. These lasers use a process known as photobiostimuation, which through photonic energy changes cellular chemistry by increasing Adenosine Triphosphate and increasing blood circulation to the treatment site. Cold lasers, or low level lasers, have a power less than 500mw. Therapeutic lasers, which have recently been approved by the FDA, are fifty times stronger than class III lasers allowing more photons to be released and deeper tissues to be reached. With the use of these lasers, studies have indicated that conditions such as acute and chronic back pain, Arthritis, disc disease, wound healing, muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries, and even ear infections have been effectively treated. The possibilities of other conditions are still being researched. Research is also being done on the size of wavelength necessary, the number of treatments, and the length of each treatment for these conditions.(Mercola, April 2011)
Dr. Rosado , a veterinarian at Flagler Integrative Veterinary Care in Palm Coast, Fl, completed a case study ...

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