Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality that has been in use since the 1940s. Ultrasound is applied using a special machine with an attached wand that is put in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Gel is used on the surface of the head in order to reduce friction and assist in transmitting the ultrasonic waves. Ultrasound waves waves pass through the skin, causing a vibration of the local tissues. This vibration can cause a localized deep heat, though usually no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient. Ultrasound is generally very safe and can produce many beneficial effects: relax hypertonic tissues, increase local blood flow, reduce swelling or chronic inflammation, promote fracture healing, and break down scar tissue.
First, your chiropractor will begin with a full history and exam to assess if the procedure will be appropriate for you, and to determine if you might benefit from this treatment. Your chiropractor will then use the ultrasound machine to treat the affected area.
The intensity of the ultrasound and how it is delivered can be adjusted depending on the desired effect. A greater continuous power density can be applied to chronic conditions, while lesser power in a pulsed delivery can be applied to more acute injuries. During the treatment the head of the ultrasound probe is kept in constant motion to avoid overheating the area. A typical ultrasound treatment will take from 3-10 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. Multiple treatments might be required to achieve the desired effect.
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