Ultrasound Therapy is a widely available and a frequently used tool within the Sports Massage industry. Ultrasound is a painless treatment used to promote the healing process following an acute injury or a chronic condition. Ultrasound is commonly used to treat soft tissue problems such as ligament sprains, tendons, scar tissue, fibrous joint capsules or muscle tears. It can also help with some forms of arthritis.
The deep heat generated by the Ultrasound can help to minimize muscle spasms and shortening which is often associated with tension or injury. The soft tissue cells become more receptive to healing fluids which are present in the increased blood flow generated by the Ultrasound. Over time, Ultrasound can help to prevent scar tissue forming and may even break some of it down. Each of these benefits contribute towards reducing pain and promoting the healing process. The heating and healing powers of Ultrasound prepares the muscles for other remedial treatments including stretching and strengthening.
Ultrasound heads can be programmed to a variety of frequencies so they are able to target a variety of depths, which gives a skilled therapist the ability to send heat exactly where it is needed to go. This is a benefit of Ultrasound over a traditional heat pack that cannot penetrate as deeply.
Overall, Ultrasound therapy is an extremely useful and beneficial treatment to use alongside the manual therapy and techniques of a Sports Massage and remedial therapist.
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