Therapeutic ultrasound refers generally to any type of ultrasonic procedure that uses ultrasound for therapeutic benefit.
Ultrasound is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves.
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How Is Ultrasound Applied?
An Ultrasound gel is used on the affected area, in order to reduce friction and assist in the transmission of the ultrasonic waves. During the treatment the head of the ultrasound probe is kept in constant motion.
What Does Ultrasound Feel Like?
While you are receiving an ultrasound treatment, you will most likely not feel anything happening, except perhaps a slight warming sensation or tingling around the area being treated.
Is this the only treatment I need?
This treatment is generally used in conjunction with massage, tens, gentle stretching and manipulation. Debbie will assess your injury and give you advice for further treatments. Perhaps this may involve certain stretches or yoga positions that will aid in your recovery.
How long will it take to recover?
It really depends on the nature of the injury and the client’s lifestyle. We have had reports from clients with recurring problems who tell us they have experienced much quicker recovery times than in previous attacks. (previously without the ultrasound therapy.)
Case study – On the Monday, a 44 year old woman came to me with acute back pain caused by ‘twisting awkwardly.’ She was unable to stand comfortably and found walking was very difficult and painful. She had one Ultrasound treatment on the Monday and I instructed her on a series of stretches to practice at home. She had another treatment on the Wednesday and by Friday was back in her Yoga class. She was astonished at how quickly she had recovered to what she said was “90% back to normal”
There are three primary benefits to ultrasound.
The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area.
The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema.
The third is the gentle massage of muscles tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened.
Common Injuries Treated with Ultrasound
Bursitis . Tendonitis . Muscle strains and tears . Muscle spasms . Frozen shoulder
Sprains and ligament injuries . Joint contracture or tightness . Peyronie’s Disease (to break down the scar tissue).
Ideal for sports injuries