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Using Ultrasound in Chiropractic

There are a lot of ways to use ultrasound. It's not just for looking at babies anymore. Ultrasound therapy speeds healing, so we use it quite often in our Reno clinic for patients recovering from serious injuries.

Ultrasound Therapy

Different Specialists utilize Ultrasound at varying power outputs for a variety of applications. An OBGYN may apply it for imaging purposes. An Internist may utilize it to break up kidney stones. In the hands of a Dentist, it is used to dislodge plaques from teeth. Chiropractors apply the therapy to treat soft tissue injuries.

If you have ever had the misfortune of having a teenager test his new stereo system next to you at a stop sign you already understand the basic principles of Ultrasound. The vibrations and rattling you feel from the music are low frequency sound waves impacting all around you. Left long enough all that vibration generates friction which causes the things that are vibrating to eventually get hot. Ultrasound utilizes High Frequency sound waves that are outside the hearing range of humans. When applied to the human body, the effect on the tissues are basically the same but more intense. The sound waves penetrate the body and “vibrate, shake and rattle” the tissues to generate heat as well as some other really interesting and beneficial effects. The sound waves are absorbed primarily by connective tissues, ligaments tendons, and fascia and also by scar tissue. In our office, we utilize ultrasound before or after an adjustment to help “soften” scar tissue so that it can be remodeled into healthier more organized tissue.

Ask our receptionist for our patients print outs “What an Adjustment is Accomplishing”.

Three benefits of Ultrasound:
  1. Speeds up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area.
  2. Decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema.
  3. Provides a gentile “cellular massage” in the treated area which softens scar tissue.

Two Mechanism by which Ultrasound works:
  1. Thermal Effects: Are due to the absorption of the sound waves.
  2. Non Thermal Effects: Are from cavitation, microstreaming and acoustic streaming. Cavitational effects result from the vibration of the tissue causing microscopic air bubbles to form, which transmit the vibrations in a way that directly stimulates cell membranes. This physical stimulation enhances the cell-repair effects of the inflammatory response.


  1. Ultrasound should never hurt or be uncomfortable.
  2. You should feel only a slight sensation of warmth during the session.
  3. It typically takes about 24 hours to feel the full effects of Ultrasound.
  4. If you ever experience any post treatment discomfort always feel free to contact our office.

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