Therapeutic Ultrasound: Making the World Better One Sound Wave at a Time
In more recent history, the scientific and medical communities have been making some exciting discoveries. It turns out that in certain cases, the body responds to and heals better without the use of chemical medications. Take the neuromuscular stimulators used so commonly in chiropractors’ offices and are sent home with patients to help relieve the muscle pain associated with sports injuries, common diseases like arthritis, and accidental injury pain for example. Along with this incredibly beneficial use of electric current, therapeutic ultrasound is on the list of outstanding ways to improve the quality of life and level of healing for many patients affected by muscle pain as well. Here is a quick refresher course on how this technology works to help you in your practice of promoting healing.
Therapeutic ultrasound is the method of using sound waves to stimulate the underlying muscle tissue under the skin. Much like traditional massage, the therapeutic ultrasound is intended to stimulate tissue as deeply as possible. Unlike traditional massage, this machine can actually reach about 4 inches below the surface of the skin. With that kind of power, it only makes sense that muscles, cartilage, and ligaments of the body can be encouraged to heal with the use of massage and improved blood circulation. The therapeutic ultrasound devices typically have sound wave frequency in the range of 800,000 to 2,000,000 Hz. Naturally, at those frequencies, the human ear can’t detect the sounds made by the units. Those incredibly high frequency sounds are ideal for positively affecting the cells and molecules of the body for optimum healing.
We have already mentioned that therapeutic ultrasound can improve blood circulation to a damaged area of the body and help heal injured muscle tissue, cartilage, and ligaments. This method of medicine is also very good for correcting edema and reducing swelling as well. The pain reduction allowed by that function alone is instrumental in reducing pain and allowing the patient more flexibility and movement in the region, which is also a vital part of rehabilitation. Of course, the improved blood and oxygen circulation as well as the stimulation of the tissue helps to speed up the healing process. Muscle and ligament injuries are notorious for taking a tragically long time to heal and therapeutic ultrasound is another way trained medical professionals can help the process along with regular visits for the patient for this therapy.
Not only is therapeutic ultrasound therapy wonderful for healing injuries immediately after they occur, it also has other beneficial applications as well. It’s not unheard of for sports professionals to use this technique as a preventative measure. Both before and after hard exercise, therapeutic ultrasound works to help the warm up and cool down processes. For those with past injuries that come back to haunt them from time to time, this method can also be useful. Chronic problems with the muscle groups can also be relieved with these machines. Whether they are in the office or on the field, therapeutic ultrasound is making life better for everyone from the professional athlete to the everyday working person one sound wave at a time.
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