How Ultrasound Therapy Helps Relieve Pain
Here at Burrard Physiotherapy, we often utilize a range of physical therapies designed to promote healing, reduce pain, and improve function. Depending on each patient’s unique situation, we may use Ultrasound Therapy.
What is Ultrasound Therapy?
When you think of an ultrasound, you most likely think of an expectant mother sneaking a peek at their newest bundle of joy. However, in physical therapy, ultrasound technology is used for a much different purpose. The goal of using ultrasound is the same for any other form of therapy: promote quicker healing while reducing pain.
What Does It Treat?
Ultrasound therapy works best on deep soft tissue injuries that limit the range of motion, such as a muscle tear scarring, bursitis, and tendonitis. However, it is used to treat a number of different injuries and conditions.
How Does it Work?
The sound waves produced by the transducer, or sound wand, penetrate the joint or surrounding soft tissues, improving circulation. Depending on the technique, this may create deep heating of the tissues, which is the most beneficial aspect of this type of treatment.
Deep Heating for Pain Relief
Heat has long been used to help provide pain relief, however, traditional methods do not have the ability to reach deep into the area. In order for the heat to reach deep enough, the skin can become irritated, red, and even burnt. However, ultrasound waves can reach deep into the muscles and joints without the risk of injury.
Relaxes Muscles to Promote Better Function
As the ultrasound waves heat up the soft tissues, the muscles are able to relax and regain some of their stretchiness. When done prior to other services, this can help improve range of motion and the overall effectiveness of the treatment program.
What to Expect from Ultrasound Therapy at Burrard Physiotherapy
When you come to Burrard Physiotherapy for Ultrasound treatments, the technician will first place a small amount of a special gel onto the area to be treated. This gel acts as a lubricant to allow free movement of the sound wand over the area to prevent skin irritation. You may feel mild tingling or warmth, but otherwise, the therapy is painless and takes only a few minutes. The worst part of the therapy is removing the gel after.
To speak to an expert about using Ultrasound Therapy for pain relief in the Vancouver area, please contact Burrard Physiotherapy today for a quote!