Ultra-soundUltrasound equipment generates high frequency sound waves that are transferred to a specific body area via a round-headed probe. The sound waves travel deep into tissue (e.g. muscles) creating heat. Ultrasound can be used over any bony surface and will heat above it. It is mainly used to heat ligamentous tissue after grade 1-2 strain.
How is treatment administered?
The Chiropractor/Physical Therapist usually applies a hypo-allergic gel to the skin, which creates a friction free surface. Using gentle, circular motions with the probe, the therapist administers the treatment, which lasts several minutes.
Does the treatment hurt?
No. The patient may feel a tingling/warmth sensation in the treated area.
How does the patient benefit from Ultrasound?
As the probe glides over the skin's surface, sound waves penetrate the skin's surface causing soft tissues to vibrate creating deep heat. In turn, the heat induces vasodilatation: drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes.
The deep heat helps to relieve pain, inflammation, reduces muscle spasms, and accelerates healing. Depending on the treatment area, range of motion may be increased.