Ultrasound at Bodylogics is used to gain a therapeutic effect. Unlike diagnostic ultrasound, the modality can help with a range of issues such as healing times for injury, tissue relaxation, tissue healing, local blood flow and the breakdown of scar tissue that may have formed as a result of a previous injury.
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How Does it Work?
The ultrasound waves are generated by a piezoelectric effect caused by the vibration of crystals within the head of the probe. The ultrasound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local soft tissues. This vibration or cavitation can cause a deep heating locally though usually no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient. In situations where a heating effect is not desirable, such as a fresh injury with acute inflammation, the ultrasound can be pulsed rather than continuously transmitted.
How Can Ultrasound Help You?
The evidence for this modality is mixed but from what we do know, Ultrasound has been shown to help improve blood flow and therefore can help with tissue healing times as well as reducing inflammation and swelling. It can often be used in areas that have a poor blood flow and are susceptible to injury (such as the meniscus). In some studies, like this one here, it has even been shown to improve bone fracture healing which bodes well for those who have just been discharged from hospital.
It can also aid in the healing times for soft tissue injuries as it provides an alternative to deep tissue massage and can help to stimulate the repair of collagen fibres, which is essential for muscle healing.
The most common uses of ultrasound are also for ligaments and tendons, such as Achilles tendinopathy. It’s also very effective on joint swelling and muscle spasm.