Nearly every woman who has given birth in the last few decades is familiar, in some form, with an ultrasound machine. However, most people do not know it is possible to utilize a similar type of ultrasound technology as part of shoulder and back pain treatment, along with an overall wellness regimen. At Sharratt Chiropractic, we incorporate ultrasound into our healing techniques to help relieve muscle injury and pain.
For those unfamiliar with the therapeutic ultrasound technique, it is a safe and simple treatment that includes high-frequency sound waves emitted from a specialized therapy machine. This technology is often administered directly onto the soft tissue region of the painful area.
To begin, a warmed gel is applied directly onto the surface of the skin. An ultrasound wand with a special head is then rotated against the skin in a circular motion. The gel helps amplify the effects of the machine, causing a magnetization of the sound waves being emitted from the device. Vibrations coming from the machine can be as fast as a million times per second and are able to penetrate the tissues deep in the body, creating a low heat response. It is this low heat that makes ultrasound such an effective treatment option.
What is really amazing is that simple sound wave vibrations and low heat are able to break down unhealthy scar tissue and other hard tissue accumulations within the muscles of the body. In some instances, this method will be followed up with massage therapy to loosen tightness in any muscles.
Ultrasound and Massage for Relieving Back Pain in Early Pregnancy
Finding a safe and effective back pain treatment or shoulder pain treatment plan for use early in pregnancy is often difficult to do. Many expectant mothers are nervous about trying any sort of procedure that may cause harm to the growing fetus, and knowing what is safe and still effective can be tough. Thankfully, ultrasound and massage are both proven as effective and harmless for use during the early stages of pregnancy. In fact, it can relax the mother which allows for an even greater overall state of wellness for both her and the baby!
Those wishing to schedule a wellness visit, ultrasound, massage or other appointment in our Batavia office with Dr. Sharratt may call 630-406-8088. Don't delay! Start your back pain treatment or shoulder pain treatment plan today!