Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center offers ultrasound therapy to minimize muscle pain and movement dysfunction. It is part of the treatment process that will be evaluated by Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center upon your initial visit. Ultrasound therapy has proven results to help with various conditions you might suffer from. It is a helpful device to correct spinal joint misalignments and restore the nervous system to its optimal function.
What is Ultrasound Therapy?
Ultrasound therapy is the use of high frequency sound waves to deliver deep heat to the treated tissues. The goal is to speed up the healing of a joint, muscle or tendon by using this higher frequency ultrasound. Ultrasound therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with stretching, therapeutic massage, heat or chiropractic adjustment. This therapy can be useful for a variety of patient’s complaints. The ultrasound creates a painless, micro-massage that many patients find relaxing.
What are 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 has been known to help reduce swelling and chronic inflammation by delivering more nutrients to the infected area. The treatments may help reduce stiffness, swelling and pain while increasing circulation and promoting a pain-free movement. While studies are still being done to test the effectiveness of these treatments, many people find them helpful in reducing pain and speeding the healing process. While ultrasound therapy is not effective for all chronic pain, it may help reduce your pain if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Myofascial pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pain caused by scar tissue
- Phantom limb pain
- Sprains and strains
How does it work?
Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center and our staff value your privacy which is why we will only expose the area of skin that is to be treated. A hospital gown is available if you feel more comfortable. To start, a gel will be applied to the transducer head or to the targeted surface of your skin. This gel allows sound waves to evenly reach your tissue. It is hypoallergenic and anti-inflammatory. The ultrasound conduction device will be gently placed on your skin in a non-stop, circular motion 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 is not unusual to feel nothing at all during this treatment. If the area is especially sensitive, you could feel a slight discomfort. Ultrasound therapy should not be painful though. When your treatment is completed, the gel is wiped off. After the ultrasound therapy is complete, Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Centermay help you stretch your joints through passive range of motion and then active range of motion exercises. It may be more effective to receive your chiropractic adjustment following ultrasound. The FDA approves ultrasound therapy safely as long it is performed by a licensed professional. Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center believes the process of moving toward better health begins with determining your underlying cause. Our friendly staff is dedicated to providing high quality, holistic care for you and your family. From patients who have suffered in car accidents to those who have chronic back pain, ultrasound therapy can help.