A Different Solution to Chiropractic Care
Ultrasound therapy uses acoustic energy to produce a steady, high-frequency wave of thermal massage therapy that can treat a number of conditions, like muscle strains or runner’s knee. The practice uses different intensities and frequencies of sound, but the purpose of the treatment is to stimulate, or provoke, the tissue with sound waves that are above the range of human hearing. The use of ultrasonic therapy has been used for years, being used to treat tendonitis and bursitis, as well as resolving kidney stones. Because these sound waves create vibrations we cannot hear, it could be considered a form of vibration therapy. To find out more about ultrasound therapy, keep reading! If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, then contact us today.
What Is Ultrasound Therapy?
Ultrasound therapy is used in contemporary chiropractic care as a pain treatment, as it promotes tissue healing and helps with some chronic pain conditions. Usually, the type of ultrasound therapy you receive depends on your condition. For example, if your pain is from a muscle strain or a sprain that hasn’t healed, your physical therapist may use thermal ultrasound therapy. If scar tissue or swelling is the main cause of your pain, then mechanical ultrasound therapy may be your solution. Some of the conditions that ultrasound therapy can assist with include:
- Myofascial pain
- Phantom limb pain
- Sprains and strains
How It’s Performed
Ultrasound therapy is performed by your physical therapist or occupational therapist, and looks similar to a pregnancy ultrasound. Gel is applied to your skin or to the transducer head before it is continually moved over and around the selected area. A small surface area will be worked on at a time to maximize the results. You may feel a mild pulsing or a slight warmth to the skin that is being worked on. You may even feel discomfort, but it should never hurt. To ensure that you don’t get hurt, the transducer head should never stop moving at the risk of burning the tissue underneath. Further ultrasound therapy should never be used on broken skin or healing fractures, around the eyes and sexual organs, near areas with malignant tumors, and over the abdomen, pelvic region, and lower back of women who are pregnant or menstruating.
The Two Types of Ultrasound Therapy
The two types of ultrasound therapy — mechanical and thermal — use sound waves generated by a transducer head, to penetrate soft tissues. What separates these therapies, however, is the rate at which the sound waves penetrate the tissues. Thermal ultrasound therapy uses a continuous transmission of sound waves. These waves create vibrations in the deep tissue molecules, which increases heat and friction. The heat produced from these microscopic vibrations increase metabolism in the tissue cells, which encourage healing in the soft tissues.
Mechanical ultrasound therapy, on the other hand, uses pulses of sound waves to penetrate tissues. Although the warming effects are minor, they help in expanding and contracting tiny gas bubbles in the soft tissues. These actions reduce tissue swelling, decrease pain, and decrease inflammation.
At Body of Beverly Hills Wellness in Los Angeles, we offer many different kinds of chiropractic treatments that will help relieve your pain and increase your well-being. If you would like to learn more about ultrasound therapy or our other chiropractic treatments, contact us today and schedule an appointment!