If you have a muscle strain, soft tissue injury or joint swelling
you might want to consider ultrasound therapy. Used for over 50 years for the treatment of sport injuries and soft tissue damage, it isn’t an osteopathic treatment, but can be a valuable addition to any treatment plan. Many of my patients have found that it:
- Reduces lower back pain
- Helps with tendonitis
- Improves tendon repair
- Gives relief from sprains and strains
- Breaks down scar tissue follow surgery
What is ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy involves transmitting high frequency sound waves into the affected area using an ultrasound wand. The sound waves cause a vibration deep in the tissue, generating a gentle heat, which is thought to:
- Reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to the affected area
- Promote tissue healing through stimulating the production of collagen, the main protein in tendons and ligaments.
Benefits of ultrasound treatment
Increases the rate of healing
When you’re injured, trying to take it easy until you’re fully recovered can be difficult, especially if you are normally very active. Ultrasound therapy, as part of a comprehensive recovery plan, can help reduce the amount of time you need to spend resting your injury.
Increases muscle relaxation
Most people have those days when their muscles feel tight and sore. Ultrasound therapy can help relax these muscles by massaging deep inside the tissues, warming up the affected area and increasing blood circulation.
Breaks down scar tissue
If you have injured a muscle, tendon or any other tissue within the body, then scar tissue may form and when it does the tissue loses its elasticity and becomes hardened. This could have a negative affect on your range of motion or movement of a joint.
Ultrasound can be very effective in helping break down scar tissue, so that the affected area can move more freely again.
What can I expect during ultrasound treatment?
A small amount of gel will be applied to your skin.
An ultrasound wand will then be moved in small circles over the affected area. Depending on your injury and stage of healing, the depth of penetration or the intensity of the ultrasound may be changed.
You probably won’t feel anything during the treatment, but if you do experience discomfort or pain, just let me know. Most sessions last about 5 minutes.
How safe is it?
Ultrasound therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment, however it isn’t appropriate for everyone, including those with a history of cancer, acute infections, if you are pregnant or have an electronic device within the body, such as a pacemaker.
I will always take a full history to ensure ultrasound treatment is right for you.
If you have any questions about ultrasound therapy, please get in touch.