Ultrasound therapy is an electrotherapy which is designed to reduce the healing time of acute, sub-acute and chronic soft tissue injuries/conditions. It is used to speed up the body’s natural healing process, reduce pain and inflammation within soft tissues.
Ultrasound therapy can also be used for the treatment of old soft tissue injuries that cause chronic pain and restriction of movement. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia can be restricted in their functioning through old scar tissue and lesions. Ultrasound can break down and soften problem scar tissue to help restore normal function.
Effects of Ultrasound:
- Speeds up natural healing
- Reduces pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Eliminates muscle spasms and tension
- Improves circulation (blood and lymphatic)
- Improves viscosity of the synovial fluids
- Increases flexibility and range of movement
- Improves elasticity of tendons and ligaments
- Improves joint contractures
- Softens and improves scar tissue
The high frequency ultrasonic waves (sound waves) are produced by means of a mechanical vibration of a crystal quartz in the treatment head of the ultrasound. The energy is transmitted into the tissues when the ultrasound head is moved over the surface of the skin.
Cavitational effects result from the vibration of the tissue causing microscopic bubbles to form, which transmit the vibrations in a way that directly stimulates cell membranes.
This physical stimulation enhances the cell repair effects of the inflammatory response.
The thermal mechanism uses continuous sound waves to penetrate deep into the tissues, causing microscopic vibrations. The absorption of the sound waves within the tissues produces heat (thermal effect). The increase in temperature increases blood flow and metabolic rate. The extensibility of structures such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and scar tissue are improved. The thermal effect helps to reduce pain, ease muscle spasms and promote the healing process. The vibration provides a gentle but very effective massage on the surrounding tissue.
Ultrasound is an effective therapy for many types of injury and chronic conditions.
For the treatment of:
- Muscle and tendon strains
- Ligament sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Impingement syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Scar tissue/adhesions
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Nerve entrapment
When sound waves come into contact with air it causes a dissipation of the waves. A special ultrasound gel is applied to the skin to ensure maximum contact between the treatment head and the surface of the skin. This is required to provide a medium through which the sound waves can travel to the tissue.
Patients do not normally feel anything during the treatment. Serious side effects are extremely rare as ultrasound therapy is very safe when practiced by a qualified health professional. Mild side effects have been reported, such as mild aching or soreness which may last up to 24 hours.
Your therapist will check that you are suitable for treatment.
Treatment: £25.00 – £40.00
Treatment prices vary depending on time and nature of the injury/condition.
Fit n Well provides Ultrasound Therapy in Stone, Staffordshire.