Ultrasound therapy is a treatment modality which utilizes high or low frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature.
What are the benefits?
- The sound waves penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms.
- The warming effect of the sound waves also cause vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists in healing.
- Lastly, by adjusting the frequency on the machine, the sounds waves can be used to decrease nflammation.
How does it work?
Ultrasound waves (sonic waves of a high frequency) are produced by means of mechanical vibration of the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine. The treatment head is moved over the surface of the
skin in the region of the injury.
When sound waves come into contact with air it causes a dissipation of the waves. An ultrasound gel is placed on the skin to ensure that there is maximal contact between the treatment head and the surface of the skin.