Ultrasonic waves are transmitted into the affected area of the body using either a thermal or non thermal setting. The main purpose of ultrasound is to speed up the healing process by increasing blood flow, decrease pain by reducing swelling and edema, using the ultrasound head to gently massage the muscles, tendons, and ligaments and breaking up trigger points that are causing pain in the muscles. Our office utilizes the combination of both electrical stimulation and ultrasound when treating our patients to give them maximum results.
Ultrasound uses acoustic energy at a high frequency. A continuous wave produces thermal effects. These thermal effects include increased blood flow, a reduction of stiffness and spasm, and increase in flexibility of tendon and joint capsules, and decreased pain. Pulsed waves typically produce non-thermal effects. These effects include tissue regeneration, collagen synthesis, an increase in blood flow, and a reduction of edema, an excess of fluid which causes swelling.