What is Therapeutic Ultrasound?
At Casey Massage & Myotherapy we utilize Ultrasound treatments to help aid in the healing process. Many people think that this treatment is an electric treatment, but it is actually a mechanical one. Ultrasound works because sound waves impact against, and transmit some of their energy to, injured tissue. It's this transmission of energy, traveling at very high frequency, which causes a physiological effect.
The massaging effects of Therapeutic Ultrasound have two primary benefits. First, it increases blood flow in the treated area, which speeds the healing process. Second, it reduces swelling and edema, which are the main sources of pain.
For most injuries and ailments, a cycle of ultrasound therapy usually consists of 5-10 minute treatments for the duration of the healing period. An incredibly wide variety of ailments are treated using ultrasound. Essentially, anywhere there is a desire to promote blood circulation and reduce swelling and edema, ultrasound will help.
Injuries to the tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage are treated primarily with ultrasound. Ultrasound helps to reduce swelling and edema, which in turn greatly reduces the pain from the injury. The stimulated tissue and increased blood flow speed the healing process. Typically, these types of injuries are very slow to heal and because people continue to try to use the injured body part, the injury is repeatedly stressed. Regular applications of ultrasound over the duration of the healing period will significantly reduce pain and the time to heal.
Most professional athletes use ultrasound as a preventative modality to protect against injury. Using ultrasound before and after very strenuous activities aids in the warm-up warm-down process. Athletes with chronic ailments from previous injuries will use ultrasound to promote circulation to the injured area and to reduce swelling and pain, which may impact their performance. With this treatment we can help to reduce healing time and pain as well as help prepare your muscles and tissues for upcoming sporting events.
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