Ultrasound utilizes sound waves of a frequency that is too high for the human ear to hear. It can be given to you by physiotherapists to treat various aches and pains. The sound waves, or ultrasound rays, penetrate within the body generating heat increasing blood flow, and relaxing muscles and connective tissues thereby reducing pain and muscle spasms. The stimulation of these tissues in this way encourages repair and can greatly reduce the healing time of certain injuries.
It’s said to represent that of a very fast mini massage and to help improve circulation and drainage, reduce swelling and promote relaxation. It can also accelerate the disintegration of small pieces of bone and grit in the joints. It has also been written that it helps with pain and fibromyalgia.
You should never have ultrasound treatment if you are pregnant and only from a professional physiotherapist, however there are some home kits you can buy on the internet but your first port of call should be with a professional.
Over the years, therapeutic ultrasound has been used by professional athletes as a preventative measure to protect against injury and to quickly relieve pain and accelerate the healing process. Professional athletes typically suffer injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments making ultrasound therapy the best choice for reducing swelling which is the source of pain. It also increases blood flow in the affected areas which reduces healing time.
Home ultrasound devices are rapidly changing the lives of many people who require ultrasound treatments. Home ultrasound devices are compact, lightweight, portable safe and very easy to operate. They are also very affordable providing a low cost way to give regular treatments to yourself and others.
Therapeutic professionals are also providing their patients home ultrasound kits to take home and use for the duration of the healing process. What this means to the patient is getting treatments several times per day, every day instead of once or twice a week at the therapist’s office. This translates into a quicker recovery. Because of daily treatments, there is a decrease in the chances of recurring injuries by eliminating scar tissue.
Ultrasound is a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin’s surface using sound waves. Ultrasound waves travel at an extremely high frequency undetectable by the human ear. Typically, the sound waves travel between 800,000Hz and 2,000,000Hz whereby the human ear can detect sounds up to about 20,000Hz. These high frequency waves penetrate the body about five inches below the skin causing the molecules of the affected tissue to move. This physical stimulation of the molecules enhances cell repair. Also, power output is a significant factor. The power of an ultrasound unit is measured in watts per square centimeter. The higher the power, the more energy is transferred into the body. For example, using higher power usually speeds up treatment although it is actually more effective to use a lower power setting for a longer period of time.
The benefits of therapeutic ultrasound are many. However, the heating and massaging effects of therapeutic ultrasound have 3 primary benefits:
• Increases blood flow in the treated area which speeds the healing process.
• Reduces swelling and edema, the main sources of pain.
• The gentle massaging effects of the ultrasound waves stimulate the affected muscles, tendons and ligaments. The cell of the damaged tissue are repaired without adding strain, and softens any scar tissue that may be present in the injured area.