Ultrasound Therapy

ultrasound therapy | AICA AtlantaUltrasound Therapy is often used to loosen up muscles that are too tight to allow efficient manipulation.

To expedite the healing process, Chiropractors use many different types of physiotherapy.

One type of therapy that has become common in many chiropractic offices is the use of therapeutic ultrasound therapy.

Ultrasound Therapy and Chiropractic Treatment

Ultrasound is designed to administer a deep heating effect below the skin which encourages blood flow and relaxation.

Ultrasound is pain-free, and the most you will feel is a slight warmth.

Chiropractors and physical therapists use therapeutic ultrasound to speed the healing of a tendon, muscle or joint by using a high-frequency ultrasound.

In therapy, ultrasound is known to have two distinct benefits.

Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy

benefits of ultrasound therapy | AICA AtlantaIn the first application, the use of ultrasound induces hyperemia, or increased blood circulation, as tissue is warmed to 40 to 45 degrees Celsius.

The thermal affects speed healing and reduce swelling.

The second application of therapeutic ultrasound is tissue vibration.

The wave appears to stimulate cell membranes and encourages a cell’s ability to repair itself in inflamed areas.

For Chiropractors, ultrasound therapy can be useful for many different patients.

The ‘micro-massage’ that ultrasound creates can help reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, and reduce pain, stiffness, and spasms, making it a viable therapy for many applications.

From patients who have been involved in car accidents to those that have chronic back pain from any number of causes, ultrasound therapy can help.

What Does Ultrasound Therapy Do?

Many people hear ultrasound and picture a device that uses sound waves to depict images inside the human body.

But did you know Ultrasound has long been used as a therapeutic device to decrease inflammation and increase healing for a variety of injuries?

Sprained ankles, sore elbows, and achy backs can all benefit from the relatively conventional therapeutic device.

The sound waves produced by an ultrasound machine are soaked up by tissues up to 5 inches below the skin, which has numerous positive physiological effects at different stages of healing.

Acute Stage

acute back and neck pain treated with ultrasound therapy | AICA AtlantaIn severe injuries, ultrasound causes a release of histamine which attracts monocytes and neutrophils to the injured area.

Together, these cells help remove foreign substances from the injured area and promote healing.

Overall, the main effect of ultrasound during this stage is a reduction in inflammation and discomfort.

Proliferative Stage

After the acute phase, ultrasound aids in what we call the proliferative stage by increasing fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts are activated which then secrete collagen.

The collagen secretion helps build the tensile strength and wound contraction of the injured area.

This not only helps expedite healing in the wounded area but makes the area stronger and less vulnerable to future injuries.

Also, at this stage of healing, the ultrasound machine is used at different frequencies that produce heat.

This heat promotes blood flow to the injured area which aids in the delivery of nutrients required for healing.

The increased blood circulation also helps eliminate toxins and other broken down substances.

How Ultrasound Therapy Can Help You

AICA Chiropractor Office LocationsThese physiological changes caused by the ultrasound have many benefits in various soft tissue injuries.

Back sprains, heel pain, tennis elbow, and patellar tendonitis are just a few of the common injuries that can benefit from a therapeutic ultrasound.

If you have any further questions about ultrasound and how it can help you, please give our office a call at (404) 889-8828.

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