Ultrasound Therapy Surrey
For about the last 80 years, Ultrasound Therapy has been used as a simple procedure to treat a wide array of ailments. It is so widespread that it has almost become synonymous to physical therapy.
Ultrasound Therapy is a non-invasive physical treatment that uses sound waves beyond the human hearing range for therapeutic benefits. Over the past several years, it has been used to treat issues within the musculoskeletal system for conditions such as inflammations, sprains, tendinitis and many more.
How does it work?
It has been classed as an electrotherapy modality, even though it applies mechanical energy to the regions with injured tissues in the body. However, like other electrotherapies, Ultrasound Therapy also works at a cellular level to help speed up the body’s healing process.
In this kind of therapy, trained professionals will apply a gel in the affected areas and set the required time and power at which the ultrasound would be applied. The gel helps the sound waves penetrate into the body easily. It might also be a medicated or a cooling gel (if required).
This time and power setting are usually set based on what your injury requires. The time elapsed since the injury, the depth of the tissue being treated, and the size of the area should be considered. Usually, the therapy lasts for 5 to 10 minutes.
This is followed by the placement of the small handheld ultrasound head on the region where it is gently and continually moved over the body. The sound waves sent through the skin into your body increase molecular vibration. In simpler terms, these waves generate heat and increase the blood flow in your body’s injured region, thus speeding up your body’s natural ability to heal and relax your muscles.
Benefits: what can ultrasound therapy be used for?
Since the benefits of this therapy are so broad, it can be used for various purposes. However, generally, it is used to treat chronic pain in the musculoskeletal framework. The heat generation caused by this therapy increases blood flow in the affected region.
Along with blood, lymphatic circulation also increases in those parts of your body where is it used. Lymph is essentially the fluid that carries white blood cells, which fights infection, encourages rehabilitation, removes excess fluid and performs other remedial activities throughout the body.
This high blood flow, in turn, helps accelerate your body’s healing process. It helps alleviate muscle ache and treats inflammation, not only in the muscles but also around the joints and ligaments.
Some of the conditions for which Ultrasound Therapy can prove highly beneficial are as follows:
- Effective for reducing joint and muscle stiffness following injuries to ligaments, tendons, joints.
- Helps reduce inflammation or swelling of skeletal muscles.
- Helps alleviate pain caused by injury, including tendonitis, ligament sprains and muscle strains.
- Effective for providing short term relief in the symptoms of conditions that are accompanied by chronic pain, for example, osteoarthritis, bursitis, myofascial pain syndrome. This allows for more movement and the ability to undertake exercise and rehabilitation more easily.
It is extremely useful for patients when hands-on manual therapy techniques alone are unsuitable.
Is ultrasound therapy safe?
Ultrasound Therapy is very safe when used correctly, provided that a trained practitioner is performing it. However, much like other forms of therapy, ultrasound should not be used over broken skin, fractures, open wounds, eyes, tumours and on the pelvic regions of pregnant women. Otherwise, this sound-wave therapy is safe to use for the rehabilitation of acute and chronic pain.
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Throughout all the years of practice, Ultrasound Therapy has become a staple for addressing chronic and acute pains. As long as you are taking basic precautions, it can help your body rehabilitate and recover, alleviating your worries along with your pain. Contact our Osteopath Croydon clinic today for Ultrasound Therapy if you want to find pain relief.
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