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 therapy
For 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
Although ultrasound can be used for most forms of musculoskeletal pain, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Your chiropractor may choose not to use ultrasound as part of your treatment if:
- 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.
Your Doctor of Chiropractic will examine your condition and decide if ultrasound should be used in your treatment.