Ultrasound therapy is the use of sound waves to treat pain conditions and to help promote tissue healing. The most common conditions treated with ultrasound therapy include soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis, non-acute joint swelling and muscle spasm. Most muscle and ligament injuries can also benefit from the therapeutic ultrasound. For example, musculoskeletal problems including spinal muscles, tendons, bones, and inflammation from injuries (sprains, bursitis).
Its method is to stimulate the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high-frequency sound waves. At Chiro & Sports Med, they apply the ultrasound transducer or applicator directly on the patient’s skin. A gel is used on all surfaces of the head to reduce friction and assist transmission of the ultrasonic waves. As a result, the effect of ultrasound is via an increase in local blood flow that can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation.
There are three primary benefits of ultrasound therapy. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscles tendons or ligaments in the treated area. Again, it is gentle because it adds no strain and it helps softens any scar tissue. It is a painless procedure, and many people find it relaxing, so you should feel no discomfort at all. According to some studies, Ultrasound therapy can promote bone fracture healing as well.
Therapeutic ultrasound has shown to cause increases in:
local blood flow
scar tissue breakdown.
If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med. Please call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.