Ultrasound therapy uses high frequency (ultrasonic) waves to repair damage to the body’s soft tissues (muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, etc.).
Why do chiropractors perform ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy helps to repair injury by increasing circulation at the injury site: circulation is a critical part of the healing process because it brings nutrients to and removes wastes from the site of injury. The application of ultrasonic waves also causes the soft tissue to heat up (although this usually cannot be felt by the patient), which reduces pain and muscle spasms.
How is ultrasound therapy performed?
The ultrasonic waves are generated by an ultrasound machine, and the vibrations are transmitted through a metal head. To start treatment, the metal head is placed on the skin, at the site of injury. For the duration of the treatment, the metal head is moved over the surface of the skin to direct the ultrasonic waves at the injured tissue.
Author: Dr Claudia Ng, BSc, DC
* A proper diagnosis has to be obtained for all of the above conditions before an appropriate combination of treatments will be provided. This is just a list of possible treatments for the individual condition but not all of them may be necessary, nor is it limited to those listed only.