Ultrasound Therapy: Tackling Pain From Deep Within

What is ultrasound therapy?

Ultrasound therapy uses very high frequency sound waves, ones that can’t be heard by human ears, to penetrate the outer layers of the body and stimulate the soft tissue beneath the surface.  It has been around for decades, dating back to the 40s, and is commonly used for physical and occupational therapy due to its heating effects. Ultrasound therapy has been shown to increase local blood flow, relax tissue, and even breakdown unwanted scar tissue. Surprisingly, not many studies have been conducted on ultrasound therapy, but some will swear by its healing powers, and it can be a great noninvasive treatment option for certain injuries.

How does ultrasound therapy work?

Ultrasound is applied directly to the skin with a transducer – a device that converts one form of energy to another. Beforehand, a gel is spread on the surface of the skin to reduce friction and assist in the transmission of the ultrasonic waves. A certified therapist will narrow down the area that needs treatment and initiate the ultrasound therapy for 3 to 10 minutes, depending on your needs. The transducer will be in constant motion, moving back and forth over the area, as keeping it in one position too long may result in discomfort. Ultrasound therapy is never a painful procedure. In fact, you’ll likely feel nothing at all during it (aside from the cool gel on your skin.) However, it’s not uncommon to feel a slight warmth or a mild pulse during or right after the area has been stimulated.

What does ultrasound therapy do?

Ultrasound therapy has a multitude of benefits. Because it helps to increase blood flow deep within tissue, it speeds up the healing process for certain injuries. Ultrasound is also great at reducing edema and swelling, resulting in less pain in the affected area.  Sound waves add no strain on muscles and can gently, and effectively, massage tendons and ligaments and soften scar tissue. All of these actions are viable for treating a variety of injuries such as muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, joint inflammation, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you’re interested in receiving ultrasound therapy, or would like to consult with an expert on the best treatment options for your injury, call Harper Wellness & Rehab Center today at (713) 622-3456 or easily request an appointment online. We have the experience and knowledge to get your body back on track as quickly as possible.