The word ultrasound may bring up thoughts of its application in pregnancy. In pregnancy, doctors use it to generate images in the womb. It also captures images of soft tissues and organs. However, ultrasound therapy is also a tool in chiropractic care.
In chiropractic care, ultrasound therapy treats conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. It helps treat swelling, especially if it is over a large area. It is an effective way to treat swelling in muscles, joints, and ligaments.
It uses a probe that vibrates, sending waves through the skin to the tissue underneath. It focuses on tissue deep within the body without affecting the surface.
The heating effect of ultrasound therapy helps reduce chronic inflammation and heal muscle pain. It will help you get well and be whole within a short time. You can get back to your daily activities and be pain-free.
There are many other benefits of the therapy. Here are a few more.
Ultrasound therapy is not painful. However, it reduces the pain in your muscles, joints, and ligaments. There is no need for anesthesia or pain relievers. Once you are comfortable, your chiropractor applies a special conductive gel to the probe. The gel helps conduct the sound waves more effectively.
As the soundwaves pass into your skin, they cause vibrations that result in slight warmth and tingling. However, you will not feel any pain from the process. As the waves hit deeper tissue, they create a therapeutic response that relieves pain and reduces swelling.
Ultrasound therapy is not a surgical process, and it also does not involve poking and probing you with any needles. The therapy uses a probe that the chiropractor places over the treatment area. The ultrasound probe then sends sound waves into the tissue, stimulating the cells to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
The sound waves in ultrasound therapy remove blockages that promote the circulation of blood and other fluids. The increase in circulation helps tissue fluids like lymph flow better. Lymph passes through tissues, providing them with the nutrients they need and promoting healing.
White blood cells can travel throughout the body faster. They fight infections and promote faster healing in the muscles, joints, and ligaments. In this way, ultrasound therapy effectively alleviates swelling and promotes healing.
Soundwaves from the therapy break down scar tissue. This helps promote faster healing and gives you greater mobility. The process helps musculoskeletal injuries heal properly, and it may also help the healing of bone fractures. In this way, ultrasound therapy can also reduce your discomfort.
The increase in blood flow and stimulation of cells also promotes the release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones; they help the nervous system naturally deal with stress and pain. These feel-good chemicals help your cells relax and reduce the swelling. They act as natural analgesics, boosting your mood and allowing you to feel whole again.
For more on ultrasound therapy, visit Jassy Chiropractic Center at our office in Midlothian, Virginia. You can call (804) 379-1145 today to schedule an appointment.