The Heating & Massaging Effects of Therapeutic Ultrasound Have 3 Primary Benefits:
- Ultrasound therapy increases blood flow in the treated area, which speeds the healing process.
- Ultrasound Therapy reduces swelling and edema, which are the main sources of pain.
- Ultrasound waves gently massage the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the treated area. This enhances the recovery rate of damaged tissue without adding strain, and softens any scar tissue that is usually present in an injured area.
If you are experiencing pains associated with sprains and strains, osteoarthritis, scar tissues, or carpal tunnel syndrome, chances are your doctor will order you to see an occupational or physical therapist to receive ultrasound therapy, a treatment method that uses sound waves to treat pains and promote tissue healing.
Additional benefits of therapeutic ultrasound include:
- Decreased joint stiffness
- Decreased muscle spasm
- Increased pain threshold
- Increase collagen extensibility resulting in better tolerance of your body’s collagen to stretch
- More efficient nerve conduction
- Increase metabolism of edema and exudates
People who could benefit most from therapeutic ultrasound are those with the following conditions:
- Muscle spasm
- Soft tissue injuries
- Chronic strains and sprains
- Myositis – the inflammation of muscle tissues
- Bursitis – inflammation of the fluid-field pads surrounding joints
- Tendonitis – inflammation of the tissue connecting the muscles to the bones
- Tenosynovitis – the inflammation of the tendon, including the protective sheath that covers it
- Osteoarthritis – the wearing down of tissues at the end of the bones
- Chronic connective tissue and joint dysfunction
- Plantar warts – the hard, grainy growth mostly located on the heels or balls of the feet