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Colorado Springs Chiropractor Breaks Down When to Use Ultrasound and Why

What is Therapeutic Ultrasound?

ultrasound.jpgWell, it is not some new age music.  Nor is it a new concert setup for your favorite band. 
 It also has nothing to do with looking at babies thru the abdomen.

Therapeutic Ultrasound is a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin's surface using sound waves. It is a very high frequency massage that can penetrate up to 5" below the surface of your skin.

The sound waves are of a very high frequency, typically between 800,000Hz and 2,000,000Hz. The sound cannot be heard by humans or animals. Humans can only hear sounds up to about 20,000Hz. This very high frequency sound affects very small molecules cells in your body and actually causes them to move.

What does Ultrasound do?

The heating and massaging effects of Therapeutic Ultrasound have 3 primary benefits: 
  • Ultrasound therapy increases blood flow in the treated area which speeds the healing process. 
  • Ultrasound Therapy reduces swelling and edema which are the main sources of pain. 
  • Ultrasound waves gently massage the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the treated area. This enhances the recovery rate of damaged tissue without adding strain, and softens any scar tissue that is usually present in an injured area. 

What can be Treated With Ultrasound?

An incredibly wide variety of ailments are treated using ultrasound. Essentially, anywhere there is a desire to promote blood circulation and reduce swelling and edema, ultrasound will help.

Tendon Injuries, Muscle Injuries and Ligament Injuries

Injuries to the tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage are treated primarily with ultrasound. Ultrasound helps to reduce swelling and edema which in turn greatly reduces the pain from the injury. The stimulated tissue and increased blood flow speed the healing process. Typically, these types of injuries are very slow to heal and because people continue to try to use the injured body part, the injury is repeatedly stressed. Regular applications of ultrasound over the duration of the healing period will significantly reduce pain and the time to heal.

Athletes Use It - Why Shouldn't YOU?

Most professional athletes use ultrasound as a preventative modality to protect against injury. Athletes with chronic ailments from previous injuries will use ultrasound to promote circulation to the injured area and to reduce swelling and pain which may impact their performance. 

Treat Your Chronic Pain!

People who suffer from chronic ailments associated with swelling and pain also gain great benefit from ultrasound. Those who suffer from Arthritis, Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, and swollen discs use ultrasound to reduce the swelling and pain associated with their ailment. Ailments which are not chronic such as Bursitis and Tunnel Syndromes can be treated and eliminated with ultrasound. For conditions such as arthritis, ultrasound cannot cure the disease but it WILL (1) reduce the pain and swelling significantly (2) Increase flexibility in atrophied (unused and frozen) joints. This allows people to resume their normal daily routine and get back to the active lifestyle they enjoyed in the past. 

Ultrasound and Decompression Therapy

Do think you have a herniated disc?  Spinal Decompression therapy might be your best non- surgical option.  Click this link to find out more about decompression therapy.

Since ultrasound warms and relaxes the tissue it is a very good therapy to do immediately before spinal decompression therapy.  It will improve the performance of the decompression therapy by making the tissue more pliable and receptive to change.