Welcome to Stubbington Natural Health Clinic, from the Director, Caroline Herbert |
What Is Ultrasound Therapy?
Ultrasound therapy is a treatment used by therapists to treat pain conditions, and to promote tissue healing. While ultrasound therapy is not effective for all chronic pain conditions, it may help reduce your pain if you have any of the following:
- Myofascial pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pain caused by scar tissue
- Sprains and strains
Types of Ultrasound Therapy
There are two main types of ultrasound therapy: thermal and mechanical. Both use sound waves generated through a transducer head (which looks a bit like a microphone) to penetrate soft tissues. The difference between the two types of ultrasound therapy is the rate at which the sound waves penetrate the tissues.
- Thermal ultrasound therapy. The warming effect encourages healing in the soft tissues by increasing the metabolism at the level of the tissue cells.
- Mechanical ultrasound therapy. This helps to decrease the inflammatory response, reducing tissue swelling and thus decreasing pain.
The type of ultrasound therapy you receive depends on your condition. If you have myofascial pain, or had a muscle strain or sprain that has not healed, your therapist will likely use thermal ultrasound therapy. If your pain is caused by scar tissue or swelling, such as with carpal tunnel syndrome, you may benefit more from mechanical ultrasound therapy.
How Ultrasound Therapy Is Performed
Your therapist will select a small surface area to work on for anywhere from five to 10 minutes. Gel is applied either to the transducer head or to your skin, which helps the sound waves evenly penetrate the skin. During your ultrasound therapy treatment, your therapist will continually move the transducer head over and around the selected area.
Will I Feel Anything During Ultrasound Therapy?
Some people feel a mild pulsing during ultrasound therapy, while others may feel slight warmth in the skin. Don't be surprised, however, if you feel nothing at all, apart from the cold gel on your skin. Ultrasound therapy should not be painful.
Practitioners who provide this treatment include:
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