Ultrasound Therapy: Benefits and Application

Ultrasound Therapy: Benefits and Application

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Ultrasound, we all are familiar with the term but, we only relate it to pregnancy which the doctor uses to check on a fetus during pregnancy. Well, not to get confused as that is diagnostic ultrasound, which scans the inside of the body while the one used to treat pains and aches is Therapeutic Ultrasound, a treatment modality commonly used in physical therapy.

What is Ultrasound Therapy?

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Trending a lot nowadays, ultrasound therapy came into existence back in the 1950s and has proven its ability to heal acute to chronic pain leaving no side effects behind. It is a modality used and recommended by physiotherapists and even pain specialists. The ultrasonic waves produced in it when comes into direct contact with the skin provides deep heating to soft tissues including muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments in the body, which thereby reduces the pain and inflammation of the affected area to almost zero.

Why Use Ultrasound Physiotherapy?

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The heating and healing powers of ultrasound generated by the effect of sound waves that are higher than the frequency we can hear, produce a number of benefits. The sound waves generated by the ultrasound therapy machines vibrate, causing the tissues in our body to heat up due to increased friction in between them. The heat thus produced relaxes the tension or strain in the affected area and relieves us from the pain, inflammation or swelling that has been built up due to an injury, disease or condition. Ultrasound is a non-invasive, pain-free, and 100% natural remedy and hence is the safest option to recover faster from anything.

Where to Use Ultrasound?

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Ultrasound can be performed directly on the affected area in a circular motion for 5 to 30 minutes depending on the severity of the treatment after the application of ultrasound gel which helps reduce friction and aids in the transmission of the ultrasound waves.

When and When Not to Use Ultrasound Therapy?

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Ultrasound therapy in physiotherapy is used to treat all an injury, swelling, muscle spasm, strain, stiffness, arthritis conditions, bursitis, tendinitis, chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, tissue repair, and almost all major joints related painful conditions.

There are also some instances where you should not use ultrasound at all like;

  • Open wounds
  • Boney or areas of decreased sensation
  • Parts of the body with metal implants, like in a total knee replacement of lumbar fusion
  • Near or over a pacemaker
  • With pregnant women
  • Around the eyes, breasts, or sexual organs
  • Over fractured bones
  • Near or over an implanted electrical stimulation device

How to Use Ultrasound Therapy at Home?

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Ultrasound therapy machines come with an ultrasound transducer (sound head) which contains a small crystal and a transmission coupling gel which has to be applied on the affected area before starting with the treatment. Upon plugging the device, slowly move the sound head in a small circular direction on your body. The electrical charge generated during this is applied to the crystal which will start vibrates rapidly, creating piezoelectric waves. These waves are emitted from the ultrasound sound head as ultrasound waves which will enter into your injured tissues during application of the modality. You will start feeling a slight warming or tingling sensation around the area being treated. Just keep moving the head or you may start experiencing pain. You can also set the time, depth of penetration of the ultrasound waves or even the intensity of the ultrasound as per your requirement.

Conclusion

Ultrasound therapy is a clinically tested and proven treatment modality which is absolutely safe to use. Although there are various types of ultrasound machines available in the market, opting for a handy, easy-to-use and a trusted ultrasound therapy device will give you the benefit of healing at the comfort of your home safely. For which Pain Relief Portable Ultrasound – US 111 (Standard) is the best option.

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