Therapeutic ultrasound makes use of ultrasonic waves to accelerate healing. Apart from relieving pain, this form of therapy has also been proven to help in repairing damaged tissue, increase blood flow to the affected area and to breakdown scar tissue. Increased blood flow reduces swelling and chronic inflammation; some studies suggest that it can even accelerate the healing of fractured bones. The metabolism of soft tissue cells is also affected, with cells becoming more receptive to healing fluids which increase as blood flow increases. 

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 →