Ultrasound For Physical Therapy
Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality that has been used by physical therapists for over 70 years. Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is put in direct contact with the client’s skin surface. Ultrasound gel is commonly used on all surfaces of the treatment head in order to reduce friction and assist in the transmission of the ultrasonic waves. Therapeutic ultrasound is in the frequency range of about 1.0-3.0 MHz, and wave types various according to different treatment purpose.
- Chronic pain relief
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Shoulder pain assisted treatment
- Achilles treatment
- Athletic training
Typical usages of ultrasound therapy machine
Using ultrasound therapy is contraindicated in certain areas of the human bodies. Due to poor blood supply in those areas, heat generated by sound waves from the ultrasound can build it up. Ultrasound therapy works by driving sound waves into human tissue to help alleviate pain, inflammation and muscles spasms while increasing range of motion. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to produce both thermal and non-thermal changes in the tissue, the energy that is transferred with the sound waves can be used to treat focused, isolated areas of tissue to help with relieving pain in affected areas of the body and to speed the recovery process for injured muscle or other tissues. Therapeutic ultrasound creates a deep heat effect for relief of pain, muscle spasms and in cases where joints have been tightened over a prolonged period of time.