When you pop by a chiropractic clinic, you may notice a wide range of therapy options: electrotherapy (what is that?), ultrasound, all sorts of adjustments… and you may also be wondering what each option is meant to treat!
Besides the typical adjustments, most chiropractors offer the following three options: shockwave therapy, electrotherapy and ultrasound therapy. These treatments can be used to treat a wide range of ailments and offer patients great relief.
“Can shockwave therapy cause damage?” Despite what the name suggests, shockwave therapy is mostly harmless!
In shockwave therapy, waves produced through rapid percussion in a machine are passed into your soft tissues and the outer layers of bone. A gel is applied to the targeted area to ensure that the transfer of the percussion waves is done smoothly and efficiently.
Electrotherapy and shockwave therapy are often mistaken for each other due to their association with electricity and have similar uses. However, they are distinct from each other!
Electrotherapy works by sending electronic pulses to the muscles and nerves to block the pain signals delivered by damaged nerves or muscles to the brain, thus relieving muscle pains. It’s commonly used as a pain reliever and a key therapy in rehabilitating muscle tissue.
Ultrasound therapy, as the name implies, works through the use of sound waves. These waves are passed through an affected area on the body and also produce heat. In turn, this increases blood flow to the affected area, facilitating the passage of white blood cells to said area which aid in fighting infection, encouraging healing and removing excess fluid.
Ultrasound therapy has a myriad of benefits including a reduction in tissue breakdown and accelerating muscle recovery! It’s a better treatment option for acute conditions too.
Our vlog explains in greater detail how each of these treatments works, their uses and the benefits they provide.
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