Ultrasound is generally used for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. Sound waves are sent into the tissues through a metal soundhead containing a quartz crystal. A coupling gel is applied to the skin for efficient transfer of the waves. The sound waves cause molecular vibration which then turns into heat energy. Different frequencies can be utilized depending on the amount of penetration required.
Ultrasound is generally painless and is used for the treatment of tissues such as muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments and joint capsules.
Therapeutic Effects may include:
- Increased circulation and metabolism of cells
- Breaking up and softening scar tissue
- Reducing inflammation or swelling
- Diminishing muscle spasm and relaxation of muscles
- Relieving acute and chronic pain
- Enhancement of natural healing processes