When you hear the word “ultrasound,” you most likely think of pregnancy or some other form of diagnostic imaging. It is less common for people to associate the technology with a therapeutic modality, yet it does have therapeutic applications. It’s all a matter of understanding how the body heals itself. Feeling Good Vibrations Therapeutic ultrasound is an invisible, undetectable form of mechanical energy. Technically, it’s acoustical. Meaning; it uses waves to transfer vibration. These waves have to travel through a medium or conduit to be effective. Normally, a water-based gel or medicated cream is used to help the waves penetrate the muscle structure. Once the waves penetrate bodily tissue, the healing can begin. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used in different ways depending on the frequency of the waves. Critics of this modality claim that it promotes very little in the way of healing, but these naysayers often use ultrasound technology as a standalone Continue reading →

Myofascial Release (MFR) therapy has been used for over a century now in the effective treatment of difficult and recurring injuries. But first, what is Myofascia? Myofascia is the tough, dense tissue that covers bones and muscles. The outermost covering, also known as fascia, is indeed very strong with a tensile strength of more than 200lbs but still very flexible. If you viewed it under a microscope, you’d see something like a fish net or a spider web. The Myofascia runs the whole length of the body right from beneath the toes to the topmost part of the head and is continuous such that you can’t tell where its starts or ends. You would say that Myofascia connects parts of the body to each other and you would actually be right. It’s therefore easy to see why the Myofascia is so delicate; a damage or defect to one part of Continue reading →