How Do Chiropractors Use Ultrasound?
Most people think of an ultrasound as a tool used in an OBGYN office. However, chiropractor offices use ultrasound as a type of therapy called ultrasound therapy. This type of therapy is used to treat soft tissue, muscular and joint injuries.
Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves that create a microscopic massage. The massage creates a heat that penetrates the tissues and joints. Ultrasound can also be used without heat. Through this therapy the problem area heals rapidly and, as it heals the patient will experience a decrease in pain. The treatment also helps increase circulation and decrease stiffness and swelling.
Another benefit from this therapy is that it repairs cell damage in the affected area and is non evasive. It will also increase blood flow and decrease spasms that the patient is suffering from.
The ultrasound unit is the size of a computer mouse and will be placed on the skin. There will be a gel used to help conduction of the unit, ensuring maximum transfer of heat. As the treatment occurs, the intensity will be turned up until desired intensity is reached. Patients may feel a slight tingling under the skin. For more effective treatment the patient may be given stretches or theraputic exercises after the ultrasound therapy.