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Ultrasound Or Therapeutic Ultrasound: Benefits for Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Treatments 

Ultrasound therapy is a non-invasive treatment in which sound waves are used to penetrate soft tissues, increasing blood flow. This can help relieve pain, improve circulation, and promote tissue healing. Ultrasound therapy is often used to treat injuries and muscle spasms, as well as chronic issues like neck or back pain. In physical therapy and chiropractic treatments, the application of ultrasound can help tendons and ligaments heal more quickly by stimulating the cellular level of these structures. The ultrasound wave produced by the ultrasound probe causes the tissues to vibrate, leading to a process called cavitation, which can improve the flexibility and function of the soft tissue. Therapeutic ultrasound is also beneficial in sports medicine and can be a useful tool for physiotherapists as well as physical therapists in the treatment of various conditions.

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Woman having ultrasound physical therapy at Head2Toe Carrigaline.

What Is Ultrasound Therapy Used For?

Here at Head2Toe ultrasound therapy is often used by our physical therapists in physical therapy as a non-invasive treatment option for various musculoskeletal conditions. The ultrasound treatment involves the use of ultrasound energy to generate heat within the body tissues, which in turn can help to reduce pain, promote tissue healing, and increase blood flow. The therapeutic effects of ultrasound make it a beneficial tool in the rehabilitation process for patients recovering from injuries or surgeries. Additionally, low-intensity pulsed ultrasound has been shown to have positive effects on bone healing and could be used in the treatment of certain fractures. 

Ultrasound therapy may be potentially helpful in treating pain associated with several conditions:

  • Painful bone cancer
  • Nerve pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis

Benefits And Limitations To Ultrasound For Physical Therapy And Chiropractic Treatments

Ultrasound in physical therapy and chiropractic treatments has become a common tool for therapeutic applications. The use of diagnostic ultrasound in physical therapy allows our therapists to visualise the affected area and assess tissue injury, which aids in determining the most effective treatment plan. Additionally, therapeutic ultrasound can promote tissue healing, reduce inflammation, and decrease pain through the application of high-frequency sound waves. The benefit of ultrasound in clinical practice is that it is non-invasive, easy to use, and generally considered safe for most individuals. However, there are limitations to its use, as it is not safe to use over the spine or eyes, and caution should be taken when used on pregnant individuals.

There are a number of benefits to including ultrasound therapy as a part of your treatment. It may eliminate or reduce dependence on pain medication. It is easy, painless, and non-invasive. When correctly performed, there are no known side effects. It is generally considered safe for most people.

Great for:

  • It may eliminate or reduce dependence on pain medication.
  • It is easy, painless, and non-invasive.
  • When correctly performed, there are no known side effects.
  • It is generally considered safe for most people.

Not safe to use

  • If you are pregnant
  • Over the spine or eyes
  • On parts of the body where there is an active infection
  • If you have a pacemaker, or a device that helps regulate your heartbeat
  • Over broken bones
  • Over any areas with implanted medical devices

What To Expect During This Treatment 

Prior to commencing the treatment, your therapist will conduct a thorough assessment to ensure that there are no burns, infections, or any other issues that may make the therapy unsuitable for you.

Following this, your therapist will choose a specific area to focus on, based on your particular condition, and will apply gel to either the transducer head or your skin to ensure the sound waves are effectively distributed and to prevent overheating.

Throughout the ultrasound therapy session, your therapist will consistently move the transducer head around the chosen area to target the sound waves to the necessary areas. The duration of the treatment may range from five to 10 minutes, depending on your individual requirements.

Is Therapeutic Ultrasound Painful?

Ultrasound therapy can be painless as long as the therapist keeps the wand in motion. But if the wand is held in one place for too long, it might start to feel uncomfortable. You may not feel anything at all, except for the cold gel on your skin. If the treated area is very sensitive, you might experience some discomfort as the transducer head moves over it. If you feel any discomfort, make sure to inform the therapist.

Ultrasound therapy is not painful if the therapist keeps the wand moving continuously. However, if the wand is held in one spot for more than a few seconds, it can become uncomfortable.

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Stefanie Adamek
Stefanie Adamek
11/12/2023
Had treatment from Nayna the chiropractor and barry the physio. Sorted my hip and shoulder pain. Thanks so much. Easy booking and overall great experience.
Dots 77
Dots 77
20/11/2023
Amazing experience throughout and incredibly professional. Yvonne truly works wonders. Customer service at its finest, brilliant.
Edel Russell
Edel Russell
27/10/2023
Excellent treatment and advice from Barry and the team - very professional service provided
Gay Butler
Gay Butler
10/10/2023
Dr. Nayna Boohla was incredible adjusting my twisted back and hips after a fall I took in the rain on holiday. She is very caring and incredibly knowledgable at chiropractic and Accupuncture. And only because of her I could continue my trip for another 3 weeks.
Dylan Roche
Dylan Roche
07/10/2023
Yvonne is a miracle worker! I was in pain for months with lower back pain and nothing was working--went to Yvonne at Head to Toe and over time she has made my pain manageable and most days non-existent! She listened to me and we worked out a plan that included me getting back to the gym and getting off pain killers, and so far its working out brilliantly! I can actually move again and enjoy my life which frankly, didn't seem possible 6 months ago...I cannot recommend Yvonne highly enough-Thank you!
livvy simpson
livvy simpson
16/09/2023
I had my first session yesterday! After years of injuring my back while working I’ve had masseuses refuse to touch it out of fear of damaging my back even more. I’ve had numbness in my arm, terrible sleeping patterns and my lower back locks up very often. Out of fear, I was nervous to try acupuncture but Nayna was so calm and made the process very relaxing. She took all the time she needed, clicking and relieving my back, neck, arms, pelvis and legs. I slept like a baby last night for the first time in ages! My back was so inflamed and I can now feel the instant relief after going only once. It is costly but so so worth it (in my opinion the expense of going to many cheaper places adds up and doesn’t have the same effect). I’m able to go about my day pain free and I’m not even taking any pain killers or anti inflammatories, I feel amazing! Thank you Nayna X
Caoilfhionn Lee
Caoilfhionn Lee
19/07/2023
I went to Barry Murphy Mid April for physical therapy treatment due to ongoing pain in my left hip and lower back brought on from running. In short Barry was fantastic. Not only did he help alleviate symptoms he also gave me the tools and skills to ensure that I wont end up in the same place again. Thanks to Barry, I now have a much better understanding of my body and how it works and how to take care of it. Finally he's a lovely guy and completely put me at my ease.
Louise Attard
Louise Attard
13/07/2023
Yvonne and her team are amazing! Yvonne has honestly been life changing! I couldn't do anymore the things i liked doing day to day with the pain i was experiencing..... Yvonne gave me my life back! I couldn't recommend her more! THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Lyndsey Cremin
Lyndsey Cremin
22/06/2023
Yvonne and her team are amazing! They helped me recover from my 1st pregnancy and kept me going through my second. Meeting Yvonne has honestly been life changing! I couldn't recommend her more! THANK YOU!
Kinga Susek
Kinga Susek
22/05/2023
Yvonne is the best Chiropractic in the world. This charming woman can fix the spine like no one else. He treats everyone individually. everyone is taken care of. Highly recommended.