Therapeutic ultrasound is a modality that has been used by physiotherapists since the 1940's. Ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission coupling gel or lotion. Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in:
healing rates-helps speed the healing process from the increase in localized blood flow in the treated area
tissue relaxation-a decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema
tissue heating-the head of the ultrasound gives off a warm heat, that is not uncomfortable
scar tissue breakdown-gentle, non-invasive massage from the ultrasound on the muscle tendon and/ or ligaments in the treated area help scar tissue soften
How Can Ultrasound Help You?The effect of ultrasound via an increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing. The intensity or power density of the ultrasound can be adjusted depending on the desired effect. A greater power density (measured in watt/cm2) is often used in cases where scar tissue breakdown is the goal.