ULTRASOUND AND ELECTROTHERAPY

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Graston Technique, acupuncture, dry needling, and stretching and corrective exercises, your doctor may advise other therapies such as therapeutic ultrasound or electrotherapy. These are supportive therapies used to help reduce pain, inhibit muscle tightness and spasm, and speed recovery. Ultrasound and electrotherapy are used by chiropractors, sports medicine doctors, physical therapists, and other clinicians on a wide variety of conditions.

How Does Therapeutic Ultrasound Work?

Therapeutic Ultrasound is applied to the skin with a clinical ultrasound unit and conductive gel and is effective for soft tissue injuries. The unit delivers sound waves that pass through the outer layer of skin and are directed at a specific localized area. It is a painless procedure and the patient usually feels a deep warming of the tissues. Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to increase blood flow to the area, reduce inflammation and swelling, increase relaxation of the tissues, and may break up local scar tissue.

How Does Electrotherapy Work?

Electrotherapy is another supportive therapy and commonly known as interferential, low volt EMS, high volt EMS, Russian, or TENS. These are all simply different forms of electrotherapy that deliver mild currents at different wavelengths and patterns. This therapy has a number of desired physiological effects including blocking the transmission of pain signals, reducing swelling, helping to flush away damaged tissues and inflammation, bringing in nutrients essential for healing to the area, and reducing muscle tightness and spasms.