What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a treatment we use to increase the rate of healing in the body. It is a non invasive treatment modality that has been used for many years by physical therapists. Ultrasound is a type of electrotherapy and is applied using an Ultrasound Machine. The ultrasound machine has a treatment head which is placed on the skin with a coupling gel which is then kept moving during the treatment.
What is Ultrasound used to treat?
Ultrasound is used for a number of soft tissue injuries. It help increase the rate of healing, increases local blood flow, assists with scar tissue break down and aids tissue relaxation. In clinic we use ultrasound for a wide range of injuries including tendonitis (tendonopathy), muscles and tendon strains, ligament sprains
How does Ultrasound work?
Ultrasound waves are created by crystals in the treatment head via the piezoelectric effect. This creates micro vibrations. As the treatment head is applied to the skin the vibrations are transmitted in to the soft tissue. The intensity of the micro vibration are set by the therapist by understanding the type of injury you have and the timeframe you have had it for. Ultrasound treatment normally last between 3-5 minutes and is not normally felt by the client.
Contact us if you would like to find out more or feel you would benefit from ultrasound treatment.