Therapeutic ultrasound is a treatment modality commonly used in physical therapy and has been proven to provide quality results.
Ultrasound therapy is used to provide deep heating to soft tissues in the body. These include muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments. The deep heat encourages circulation and healing in the targeted tissues.
History of Ultrasound Therapy
Many people are familiar with the term ultrasound in the context of pregnancy, but ultrasound is also a therapeutic modality that has been used by physical therapists since the early 1940s. The use of ultrasound has only grown in popularity since then, and many physical therapists and rehabilitation experts throughout North America and Europe have adopted the practice. Our practitioners have found ultrasound therapy to be very effective and incorporate it into their treatment plans when deemed beneficial.
How Does Ultrasound Therapy Work?
Ultrasound therapy is implemented using a round-headed wand that is put in direct contact with the patient’s skin. The sound waves that transmit through the skin cause a gentle vibration of the local tissues. This vibration can effectively cause a deep heating of the targeted tissues. No sensation of heat is usually felt by the patient due to the heat being localized deep in the tissues. This technique has been proven to cause increased tissue relaxation, local blood flow circulation, and breakdown of scar tissue.