Ultrasound uses a form of deep therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissues and joints, the sound waves are a form of micro-massage that helps reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms.
Ultrasound has two uses – Diagnostic and Therapeutic. Diagnostic is where they use high frequency sound waves to take pictures inside your body – say of a baby’s head or kidney stones.
With Therapeutic ultrasound we don’t make any pictures. Sound waves are sent in, through the skin, to a depth of about two to four centimeters. The actual process involves placing gel on the skin then rubbing over the area with a ‘sound head’. This sound head is a man-made crystal that vibrates at a million times a second. The high frequency sound waves go in through the skin and into the muscles.
These sound waves produce a ‘stirring’ effect that disperses the swelling so the blood vessels can carry it away.
Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality that has been used by therapists since the 1940’s.
Ultrasound therapy can be useful for many different patients. The ‘micro-massage’ that ultrasound creates can help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms, making it a viable therapy for numerous applications. From patients who have suffered car accidents to those that have chronic back pain from any number of sources, ultrasound therapy can help them.