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Note This document is a general description of laser therapy equipment intended for persons in the veterinary field The use of therapeutic lasers has been gaining ground in veterinary medicine as a method to treat a variety of ailments in animals Therapy lasers send photons deep into tissues where they are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells causing a chemical change called photo bio modulation Through photo bio modulation the production of ATP within the cell increases giving cells more energy for repairs and rejuvenation The laser light is delivered to affected areas through a non invasive hand piece and is sterile surgery free and drug free Laser therapy is used in the treatment of wounds fractures dermatological and neurological conditions as well as chronic pain and inflammation Overall laser therapy improves mobility eases discomfort and promotes healing The light energy also affects nerves reducing the transmission of pain signals to the central nervous system There are no known side effects of laser therapy to tissues so there is no risk of over treatment or over exposure Additionally laser equipment is silent and pain free usually having a very calming and relaxing effect on patients which is great news for any busy clinic Additional benefits are listed in figure 1 above There are a variety of laser types on the market differing primarily in terms of power wavelength and time The wavelength of the laser dictates the depth of penetration into tissues providing greater opportunity for cell stimulation Power is also very important because it regulates the amount of energy being delivered Treatment is equally as productive whether a low power or high power laser is used but a lower power means the laser must be applied for a longer period of time An effective dose of therapy is within the range of eight to ten joules per centimeter squared over target tissues and laser power determines whether this dosage can be met in ten minutes versus an hour High



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