What is Ultrasound Therapy?
Therapeutic ultrasound (otherwise known as ultrasound therapy) is a safe and gentle form of therapy, commonly used for the treatment of soft tissue or inflammatory conditions. Treatment involves the use of specialised equipment that converts electricity into high-frequency sound waves that are transmitted into the affected areas using a water based gel and a transducer/treatment head. It is commonly used alongside other therapies such as Chiropractic to aid with movement problems or injuries.
How does it work?
Electricity energy is converted to mechanical energy in the form of sound waves which then vibrate the tissue it passes into or through. Depending on various settings including frequency, intensity and the length of treatment, it can be used for a wide range of conditions including acute inflammation or chronic scar tissue.
What can it treat?
The main use of ultrasound therapy (US) is in aiding with the repair of soft tissue injury such as damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles or fascia. Depending on the settings used in treatment, this may be an acute/sudden injury or chronic/long term injury.
For acute injuries, US therapy is said to stimulate the body's own inflammatory response, which is essential in the effective repair of tissue damage. The more efficiently this process can complete, the more effectively the tissue can progress to the next phase: proliferation (the laying down of scar tissue); and then the repair phase (the remodelling of new tissue). For inflammation where no repair is needed, US is thought to promote the normal resolution of the inflammatory process.
For more chronic soft tissue problems such as scar tissue, US therapy is thought to enhance remodelling through protein and collagen synthesis and the orientation of newly formed collagen fibres. This helps with both the tensile strength and mobility of scar tissue.
For more stubborn long term soft tissue complaints, we would recommend looking at our Shockwave Therapy page as this can be particularly effective.
For more information, please visit http://www.electrotherapy.org
Ultrasound is used alongside Chiropractic treatment at Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness, and is typically not used as a stand-alone option. If you would like to have therapeutic ultrasound treatment, please book an initial Chiropractic assessment with one of our chiropractors to determine if ultrasound is applicable to your complaint.
(normally including first treatment)
If you haven't seen us for 18 months,
or have a new complaint.
Please allow up to 40 mins
Standard chiropractic treatment.
Please allow up to 20 mins