Treat soft tissue injuries with effective ultrasound therapy from Your Pickering Chiropractors
What Is Ultrasound Therapy?
Used by therapists for the past 50 years, ultrasound therapy is a treatment type that is aimed at addressing and solving injuries to the body’s soft tissues.
With ultrasound therapy, doctors use an ultrasound machine to produce high-frequency sound waves – ultrasonic waves. The ultrasound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local soft tissues. This vibration or cavitation can cause deep heating locally though the patient will feel no heat sensation unless your chiropractor selects a thermal dose. In situations where a heating effect is not desirable, such as a fresh injury with acute inflammation, the ultrasound can be pulsed rather than continuously transmitted.These waves are then directed to the affected area of the body, and provide effective relief from injury-related symptoms.
Therapeutic ultrasound via an increase in local blood flow may help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation and, promote bone fracture healing. Your Pickering Chiropractors can adjust the intensity or power density of the ultrasound, depending on the desired effect. A higher power density (measured in watt/cm2) may soften or breakdown scar tissue.
There are two main ways that ultrasound works to heal and repair damaged tissues in the body.
The first includes the thermal energy (heat) benefits and the second includes the non-thermal benefits:
Ultrasound technology can work in beneficial ways that are unrelated to its transfer of heat.
Energy that enters the body during an ultrasound treatment creates tiny gas bubbles that gather around the tissues.
These bubbles then expand and contract at a rapid pace, which is a process known as cavitation.
This can help in repairing any damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or cellulite, and loosening up the muscles.
Heat enters your deep tissues during an ultrasound treatment.
Heat helps to reduce pain, increase blood circulation, and allow for an easier stretch of the muscles.
The thermal energy produced during your ultrasound treatment can also loosen up tight muscles and tendons.
Why Select Your Pickering Chiropractors for Ultrasound Therapy
Visit their central Pickering clinic, and you will be instantly greeted by a staff of friendly, knowledgeable professionals, in an office environment that looks and feels safe, clean, and modern.
Your First Ultrasound Therapy Session with Us
When you visit Your Pickering Chiropractors for your first ultrasound therapy session, you should wear comfortable clothes. Depending on which part of your body needs to be treated, you may or may not need to remove some clothing or wear a special gown.
Your doctor will examine your skin and check for any signs of burns, wounds, or infections. Once they have established that all looks well, they will proceed with your therapy.
This involves applying a hypoallergenic gel to your skin, and then – in a stroking motion – applying the ultrasound wand to the skin surface. This should last for around 10 minutes, but it may last longer if more parts of your body need treatment.
It is also worth mentioning that ultrasound therapy is safe, comfortable, and when applied by a trained provider does not cause any pain or known side effects.
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What Conditions Can Ultrasound Therapy Help with?
The most common conditions treated with ultrasound include soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis (or tendinitis if you prefer), non-acute joint swelling and muscle spasm. Most muscle and ligament injuries can benefit from therapeutic ultrasound.
If you decide to undergo Ultrasound Therapy at Your Pickering Chiropractors, you can expect to be able to treat the following issues and conditions: