Living with chronic pain? Dr. Catherine Hall and Dr. Bruce Handelsman at Nyack Wellness in Nyack, NY, offer ultrasound therapy and other natural techniques to help you achieve optimal relief.
Common Questions About Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound therapy is one of many effective techniques that are used in chiropractic care. However, the word “ultrasound” causes images of parents getting a look at their little one while it's in the womb. Therefore, it leaves most people wondering why it’s used to treat pain. Dr. Hall, Dr. Handelsman, and the team at Nyack Wellness in Nyack, NY, answer this and more common questions about ultrasound therapy below.
What Is Ultrasound Therapy, and Why Is It Used In Chiropractic Care?
Like the ultrasound used for imaging, therapeutic ultrasound therapy also utilizes sound waves, but the purpose is different. Therapeutic ultrasound uses these waves to penetrate the deep layers of tissues. It creates a vibration that helps break up tension and scar tissue, produces a small amount of heat, and promotes blood flow to the area to aid in natural healing.
What Can It Be Used to Treat?
Chiropractors use this treatment in conjunction with other techniques to relieve pain and improve range of motion. It’s often used in treatment plans to address the following and more:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains and strains
- Myofascial pain
- Scar tissue
- Plantar fasciitis
- Wrist and elbow pain
As it can penetrate so deeply, therapeutic ultrasound can effectively treat areas that most other techniques cannot reach to address and eliminate the source of your pain. It’s even beneficial in addressing old injuries and issues that have been causing pain for years.
Is the Therapy Painful?
Quite the opposite. It creates a vibrating, slightly warming effect that most people find relaxing. Additionally, most patients notice at least some pain relief immediately after treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of necessary treatments will depend on your specific needs. You might need only a handful of sessions or several over the course of weeks. Your chiropractor can provide an estimation after a thorough assessment. However, this number might be adjusted, depending on how well your body responds. You’ll likely start to notice relief almost immediately, but it’s important that you receive the full number of recommended treatments for lasting relief.
Wondering if ultrasound therapy is right for you? Call (845) 353-2862 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hall, Dr. Handelsman, and the team at Nyack Wellness in Nyack, NY.