Every year, millions of Americans visit chiropractors to treat pain and immobility in the spine and joints. Doctors of Chiropractic help people with a variety of techniques. The most well-known technique is spinal adjustment, which is a hands-on technique that helps realign the vertebrae and reduce pain in the spine. Another treatment that Doctors of Chiropractic may use is ultrasound treatment. While the research into the benefits of ultrasound treatment is still ongoing, many Doctors of Chiropractic recognize its potential for reducing pain and assisting with recovery.
What is ultrasound therapy?An ultrasound device produces ultrasound waves that can penetrate deep beneath the surface of your skin. These waves can heat the area being treated, which is helpful for many reasons, including:
- Improved blood flow
- Less pain
- Increased oxygen and nutrients to the painful area
- Improved cellular healing process
- Reduced tension
What to expect during ultrasound therapyFor you, the treatment is simple. You only need to sit or lie and relax while your Doctor of Chiropractic administers the treatment. He or she will apply a small amount of gel to the painful area. This gel helps ultrasound waves make contact with your body since any air between you and the device can disrupt the waves. After applying the gel, your chiropractor will move the device around the painful area in slow circular motions. You will feel warmth from the device, but there is no pain or other side effects.
Who is a good candidate for ultrasound therapy?Ultrasound treatment can benefit almost anyone suffering from pain. It’s primarily used for injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system, which can include:
- Sprains and strains
- Stiff joints
- There is an open wound over the painful area.
- There are metal implants or a pacemaker under the painful areas.
- Your pain is in your eyes or breasts.
- Your pain is in your sexual organs.
- You have a fracture under the painful area.
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If you’re suffering from chronic spine and joint pain or an injury, you may benefit from chiropractic treatments like ultrasound. Contact us today to talk to one of our team members about this procedure and to schedule an appointment.