In chiropractic ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves are used to generate vibrations and deliver deep heat to the body’s affected tissues and muscles. This has a host of positive effects on your body, including effectively reducing the muscle pain you experience, improving your range of movement and mobility, spurring cell regeneration, and speeding up the healing process.
How Do We Use Ultrasound Therapy in our Chiropractic and Wellness Care?
What are the Different Types of Ultrasound Therapy?
There are two main types of ultrasound therapy: thermal and mechanical. Both use sound waves generated by a transducer head to penetrate soft tissues. The type of ultrasound therapy you receive will depend on your condition. Thermal ultrasound therapy delivers continuous sound waves and is more commonly used for chronic conditions. Mechanical therapy delivers pulses of sound waves and is used more often on patients who need pain relief from injuries.
The Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound therapy has been known to increase tissue relaxation, stimulate local blood flow, and aid in scar tissue breakdown. Local blood flow can help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation by delivering more nutrients to the infected area, thereby reducing pain and speeding up healing. According to some studies, it may even promote bone fracture healing.
What conditions can benefit from ultrasound therapy?
- Myofascial pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pain caused by scar tissue
- Phantom limb pain
- Sprains and strains
How Does Ultrasound Therapy Work?
To start, your licensed therapist will apply the gel to a transducer head or to the targeted surface area of your skin. This hypoallergenic and anti-inflammatory gel helps sound waves evenly reach your tissue. Your therapist will then continually move the transducer head in small circles over and around the selected area for five to ten minutes.
During therapy, the waves will vibrate the area. You might notice a soothing, tingling sensation or a slight warmth in the skin. However, it’s not unusual to feel nothing at all during this treatment. Though Ultrasound therapy should not be painful at all, you might feel a slight discomfort if the area is especially sensitive.
At Performance Health & Wellness, we’re dedicated to finding solutions that don’t just treat the symptoms of your ailment, but also address the root cause. Call us today to set up a consultation with one of our registered chiropractic ultrasound specialists.
Let us show you how Ultrasound Therapy can help you!