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You may have heard of ultrasound imaging techniques, or even undergone this technique yourself during pregnancy. But how much do you know about therapeutic ultrasound's potential to relieve pain and speed healing? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions on this subject at Gremmels Chiropractic Center Inc.
Ultrasound is the range of sound waves above the threshold of human hearing (20,000 Hz). Although these waves can't be heard, their vibrations can have a profound effect on the tissues of the body.
A handheld device called a probe receives ultrasound waves from a connected ultrasound-generating device. A conductive gel is placed on the skin to improve the transmission of the ultrasound waves. The probe then contacts the skin to transmit vibrations to the underlying tissues.
The ultrasound waves produce a warming effect in the tissues being treated. This boosts blood flow to the area, providing healing nutrients while also helping inflammatory substances exit the tissues for drug-free pain relief. The heat also promotes an expansion of gas bubbles called cavitation, which appears to enhance healing.
Therapeutic ultrasound can be very effective for conditions involving muscle strains, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, sprained ligaments, and other soft tissue problems.
Ultrasound is a useful therapy for treating soft tissues which may accompany dislocated joints, herniated discs, and other musculoskeletal problems treated by chiropractic care. Like massage therapy, ultrasound can relax and loosen the muscles, making chiropractic adjustments even more effective. We may include ultrasound among several other techniques to give you customized holistic care.
You may need to wear a medical gown for your ultrasound session. After coating the skin with a conductive gel, we will place the ultrasound probe on you for 3 to 5 minutes. The treatment should feel pleasantly warm without causing any pain.
As with any therapy, ultrasound therapy isn't necessarily right for everybody. If you have an acute infection, malignancy, or implants in the treatment area, for instance, you may need to receive a different form of care. Our chiropractor can advise you as to whether you're a good candidate for ultrasound therapy.
Are you ready to learn more about therapeutic ultrasound's benefits? Get all the answers from our Birmingham AL chiropractic. Call (205) 854-3008 today!