How Does Ultrasound Therapy work?
Therapeutic ultrasound sends sound waves into the desired tissue causing vibration of the tissues. This vibration of tissues has numerous effects in improving healing.
1. As the tissue cells vibrate, heat is created. This heat is deep in the tissue and much more advantageous as compared to superficial heat on the skin. This heat; loosens muscle or ligamentous tissue to increase joint range of motion, decreases muscle spasm, increases blood circulation to bring new healing cells to the area, increases cell membrane permeability to allow each cell to take in the appropriate fluids and nutrients and rid the area of excess swelling, and stimulates the release of enkephalins, the body’s natural painkillers.
2. The vibration of tissues has a direct effect on breaking up spastic tissues, adhesions, trigger points, scar tissue or calcific deposits.
3. The vibration also stimulates tissue regeneration and accelerates soft tissue repair.
Who might benefit from Ultrasound Therapy Treatments?
Ultrasound therapy is used for all types of conditions and injuries. We use ultrasound to treat the following types of conditions; muscle spasm, muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, disc bulges, back pain, muscle pain, numbness/tingling, osteoarthritis, scar tissue, trigger points, and muscle adhesions.
Note: Therapeutic ultrasound should not be used near malignant lesions, near a pacemaker, near metallic implants, overactive infections, nor should ultrasound therapy be used over the abdominal region / reproductive region of a female who is or may be pregnant.