Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine includes the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and diet. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points along pathways called meridians. It is most commonly used to treat pain but is used for other ailments such as metabolic disorders, skin disease, and mental wellbeing. Acupuncture also affects myofascial tissue, a thin saran like wrapping that surrounds all muscles, muscle fibers and nerves.
The class IV laser is a non-invasive, non-painful, inexpensive way to manage pain and inflammation. It also speeds up healing time for wound care and promotes healing at a cellular level. There are many proven benefits to laser therapy including;
Anti-Inflammatory and analgesic effect.
Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced. It also increases the release of endorphins and produces a suppression of nociceptors which results in a decreased perception of pain by the patient.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly. The laser also increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, which speeds up the healing process resulting in more rapid wound closure and reduction in the formation of scar tissue.
Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.
Improved Nerve Function
The slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.
Faster Wound Healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.
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