To relieve soft tissue pain and inflammation attributed to many musculoskeletal disorders, your chiropractor may recommend ultrasound therapy.
Ultrasound therapy is the use of sound waves above the range of human hearing to treat injuries by penetrating the skin to reach underlying tissues affected by inflammation or injury. Causing vibrations at the molecular level, ultrasound waves naturally increase warmth within tissues to help reduce pain, improve the flexibility of stiff joints and promote your body's ability to self-heal.
Therapeutic ultrasounds have been used for a wide range of issues for several years now in medicine, and they have a proven ability to treat concerns such as ulcers, blood clots, arthritis, and more. They can be particularly useful for treating conditions that involve the neck and back, such as back pain, whiplash, muscle strains and pulls, and other injuries. Many of our patients have been satisfied with the results of chiropractic ultrasound, and we use it often to treat back injuries sustained in accidents, falls, car, or crashes and to help alleviate the symptoms caused by chronic conditions. Chiropractic ultrasound can be used to reduce the muscle pain you experience while improving your range of movement and mobility.
Ultrasound therapy can increase circulation, reduce stiffness, increase your mobility, lower your swelling and inflammation, and trigger the body’s natural healing response. All of these work together to reduce the overall pain you feel and help you move more freely and painlessly, giving you a greater level of independence and range of motion. While the benefits of ultrasounds are proven and widespread, they do provide only temporary relief of your symptoms, so regular treatments are recommended in conjunction with prescribed stretching, deep massages, heat therapy, and chiropractic adjustments.
Some people feel a mild pulsing during ultrasound therapy, while others may feel a slight warmth in the skin. Don’t be surprised, however, if you feel nothing at all, apart from the gel on your skin. If the area being treated is especially sensitive to touch, you could possibly feel discomfort as the transducer head passes over. Ultrasound therapy, however, should not be painful.
During ultrasound therapy, your therapist will select a small surface area to work on for anywhere from five to 10 minutes. . A cool gel that will help the sound waves move through your skin and into your muscles will be applied to the treatment area, and then the ultrasound conduction device, which is handheld and small, will be moved across your skin to conduct the ultrasound waves over the affected area. During your ultrasound therapy treatment, your therapist will continually move the transducer head (conduction device) over and around the selected area.
Ultrasound therapy is a treatment modality used by chiropractors to treat pain conditions and to promote tissue healing. While ultrasound therapy is not effective for all conditions, it may help reduce your pain if you have any of the following: