Treatments are performed by positioning the laser hand-piece approximately ½” directly above the skin and surrounding the area of injury and pain with the laser treatment beam.
The DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy™ produces results quickly. For most ACUTE conditions 5 – 6 treatments is all that is needed. CHRONIC conditions take longer and might require 6 - 12 treatments. While these are the averages, each animal is unique and healing time varies by animal and condition. For those with lifelong conditions your doctor may recommend 1 or 2 follow-up treatments each month.
Laser therapy has been in use for over thirty years around the world. There have been almost no side effects reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response becomes more active after a treatment.
Depending on the condition, treatment times for this drug-free, non-invasive procedure will last on average 5 - 10 minutes but is based on the size of area, depth of penetration needed and condition being treated.
Most notice a warm, often soothing feeling. There is no pain associated with a treatment. Many also experience reduced muscle tension and tightness, reduced inflammation and improved range of motion. When can normal activity begin again? The moment an animal leaves the clinic, they may resume normal daily activity. It is important to remember to not overexert for a few days, as the body is still healing.
Laser therapy may or may not be covered by insurance plans. If insurance does not cover the cost of treatments, there are affordable payment plans available.
When the photons of laser light penetrate the skin and underlying tissue, they are absorbed by the cells, and converted into energy. The cell membrane permeability is altered, which triggers a cascade of cellular events including:
- Stimulation of ATP
- Stimulation of respiratory chain
- Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
- Increased levels of beta endorphins and serotonin
- Enhanced collagen synthesis
The treatment does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are no dangerous side effects or risks. In addition, Laser therapy provides enhanced treatment outcomes faster than any other treatment modality.
Cold Laser Therapy (or LLLT - Low Level Light Therapy) was introduced into the USA in 2001 with low power levels. Since that time new scientific and clinical discoveries have led to the development of higher power lasers, including the new DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy.