Most patients are familiar with diagnostic ultrasonography or “ultrasound” which is used to discern problems deep in the body without breaking the surface of the skin, by bouncing and measuring high frequency sound waves to create audio “images”.
Less common is the awareness of this technology as a therapeutic tool.
For soft tissue healing, ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves, well beyond the range of human hearing, which cause molecules in the tissues to vibrate, producing heat and mechanical energy.
Ultrasound treatment penetrates damaged tissues directly and has the following affects: increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasm, repairs damaged tissue, and dramatically speeds the healing process. It creates permanent physical changes and repairs both hard and soft tissues problems. It is a deep tissue heating modality reaching underlying tissues as deep as 1 to 5 centimeters.
It is used to treat musculo-skeletal injuries, back and joint conditions, limited range of motion, soft tissue injuries, and chronic conditions.
One of the major advantages of ultrasound is that it is nontoxic and nondestructive. Its effectiveness has been enhanced over the years by studies which helped determine optimum techniques and patterns of application, and a wide range of injuries have shown to be responsive to this popular, non-invasive therapy.
Ultrasound therapy is one of the many therapeutic tools used at the Kos Chiropractic Centre.