What is Chiropractic Ultrasound?
Chiropractic ultrasound—also referred to as therapeutic ultrasound therapy or ultrasonic therapy—is a hands-on, drugless therapy that uses high frequency sound waves to ease back and joint pain. Chiropractors often use chiropractic ultrasound as part of an overall treatment plan for dealing with injuries and chronic pain.
Some chiropractors use specialized devices to emit these sound waves and ease discomfort. Other chiropractors use the same equipment as medical sonographers.
Doctors of chiropractic believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little boost – using therapeutic ultrasound technology can provide this extra boost and set you on the path to recovery.
What are the Benefits?
Some of the benefits of chiropractic ultrasound include:
- Reduces inflammation in damaged or strained muscles, which can help with recovery from injury or surgery
- Relaxes muscles and soft tissue, which helps patients deal with stress as well as relieving aches and pains associated with work or exercise
- May help alleviate symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress conditions
How Does It Work?
The cool gel that will assist the ultrasound waves travel through your skin and into your muscles will be applied to the treatment area, and then a portable ultrasound conduction device (handheld and tiny), connected to the ultrasound machine, will be used to broadcast the ultrasound energy over the afflicted region.
Most patients don’t feel much initially, some feel slight tingling sensations while others may experience some soreness int he muscles being treated. The real benefits come after the treatment when the increased blood flow to the muscles promotes healing and helps flush away toxins.
After ultrasonic therapy, you may be advised to flex or exercise to help your muscles acclimate to the effects of the ultrasound.
Overall, chiropractic ultrasound is a fantastic way of relieving pain, increasing blood flow to the muscles, and speeding up natural healing processes.
The next time you’re feeling some aches or pain, consider chiropractic ultrasound for a nice little massage with added benefits! That, or maybe you’re experiencing more significant pain due to an auto accident injury—chiropractic ultrasound can help there too! In fact, it’s even bee shown to promote bone fracture healing.
Chiropractors use ultrasound for different reasons. It can be used as a diagnostic tool (for example, finding sites of irritation) or as part of treatment plans (to help relieve arthritic joints). Many chiropractors also use it to help increase the rate of tissue repair and muscle healing after chiropractic adjustments and manipulations. Low level ultrasound therapy is effective at reducing post adjustment soreness and increasing range of motion.
Why Choose Injury Centers of Brevard?
At our chiropractic clinic we use ultrasound therapy for all manner of injuries that affect the muscles, from auto accidents to slip and fall injuries. Chiropractic ultrasound is particularly useful for chronic injuries which have failed to recover after more conservative forms of treatment. It can also be used for diagnostic purposes.
Chiropractic ultrasound is not just about relieving pain, it’s also about preventing injury and illness through wellness care. Our professional chiropractors offer the most advanced treatments in sports medicine, accident rehabilitation, physical therapy and chiropractic care.
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