Ultrasound and Electrotherapy
Why our Doctors Use these Treatments:
In addition chiropractic adjustments, Graston Technique, and personalized corrective exercises the chiropractors at AccessHealth may use other therapies such as therapeutic ultrasound or electrotherapy as part of your treatment plan. These are supportive therapies used to help reduce pain and speed recovery. Ultrasound and electrotherapy are used by chiropractors, sports medicine doctors, physical therapists, and other clinicians on a wide variety of conditions.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is applied to the skin with a clinical ultrasound unit and conductive gel and is especially 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 most often the patient feels a deep warming of the tissues. Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to increase blood flow to the area, reduce chronic inflammation and swelling, increase relaxation of the tissues, and break up local scar tissue. Treatments usually last for 15 minutes or less and patients often notice improvement immediately after. Many patients find the treatment enjoyable and relaxing, it is a 100% effective and pain free therapy.
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. It helps to loosen up in the tissue in patient who have spasming or hypertonic muscles before a chiropractic adjustment. When adding a moist heat pack or ice pack on top of the therapy pads, patients have a few minutes to lay down and relax before any adjustments or additional therapies.