Therapeutic Ultrasounds for Headaches and Migraines
Ultrasounds have proven to deliver effective relief for individuals who are suffering from chronic headaches. Treatment is akin to having a massage and helps alleviate all kinds of headaches including painful migraines and those caused by tension. Patients report “feeling like the pain and tension has just been sucked right out”. It’s no surprise then, that therapeutic ultrasound is become the treatment of choice for individuals suffering from frequent headaches.
Ultrasound therapy is not new. Research reveals that it has been used for healing and pain relief after injuries as well as chronic ailments since the 1940's. Most people, however, think of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool and are not aware of its therapeutic benefits.
How Does Ultrasound Relieve Headaches?
How does therapeutic ultrasound work?
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- Ultrasound is administered using a round-headed wand or probe. Gel is used on all surfaces of the head in order to assist in the transmission of the ultrasonic waves and reduce friction,
- The sound waves that pass through the skin cause vibration and produces deep heat which the patient does not fee. The massage-like effect (especially beneficial at trigger points) helps relieve pain and inflammation which are the main causes of headaches.
- Release of the trigger points drains the build-up of lactic acid and other toxins in the area. This increases blood flow while bringing much needed nutrients to the muscle tissue for healing.
- It is non-invasive and offers an alternative to treatments which penetrate the skin as well as pain medication which only provides temporary relief.
- One of the greatest benefits of ultrasound therapy is that it can be used for treating those areas that are not easily accessible. It heats tissues as deep as 1 to 5 centimeters beneath the skin.
- In addition to alleviating pain and reducing inflammation, it is known to relieve muscle spasms, repair any damaged tissues and atrophied muscles for quicker healing and greater range of movement. lease of the trigger points drains the build-up of lactic acid and other toxins in the area. This increases blood flow while bringing much needed nutrients to the muscle tissue for healing.botox may reduce the ability for nerves to send pain signals during a migraine attack.
Benefits of Using Ultrasound for Pain Relief
Relieve Tension and Headache Pain with Ultrasound Therapy
The Miami Headache Institute uses the latest technology to provide our patients with effective relief. Our therapeutic ultrasound treatments have helped alleviate the pain caused by chronic headaches and improved quality of life for many of them. Treatment begins with diagnosis by one of our headache experts. In addition to providing you with immediate pain relief, our aim is to determine the cause of your headaches and try to prevent them from occurring.
Speak to us today to find out more about the beneficial effects of ultrasound as well as our other therapeutic solutions to end your headaches. Call our specialist headache management team today at 305.517.5712 or use our contact form to book a consultation.
Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the Miami Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas. Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.
Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.