Let’s discuss benefits of ultrasound therapy in physiotherapy or physical therapy.
Physiotherapists use ultrasound therapy in most of their patients body for many types of benefits that ultrasound therapy has in body.
What is ultrasound therapy ?
Ultrasound sound machine provide deep heat to the body tissue by sending electric current to the body, through crystals present in probe of the ultrasound therapy machine.
When the probe vibrates it causes waves to travel deep inside body tissue through skin and gives desired effects which help in reliving pain of body. The frequency, intensity and duration of the treatment process all depends on the condition.
Is ultrasound in physiotherapy is different from diagnostic ultrasound ?
Yes, ultrasound used in physical therapy is different from ultrasound that is used for diagnosis process.
Ultrasound that is used in physiotherapy is used to provide deep heat in the body’s tissues, i.e. ligaments, tendon, joints, and muscles.
The ultrasound that is used in diagnostic procedure is used to see inside body for diagnosis, like for checkup of pregnant women.
Benefits of ultrasound therapy
Ultrasound used to treat a variety of health conditions. Some are discussed below:
1. Deep heating effect
Ultrasound therapy is used to treat pain and swelling by providing deep heat inside body tissues and joints. It provides deep heat in joints, muscle, ligaments and tendons. It also helps in increasing the elasticity of the body part.
2. Increase circulation
Ultrasound therapy helps in increasing the circulation of body part, which helps in speeding up the healing process and also provide nutrition and other benefits to the affected part of the body.
3. Used to break down fat cells
Ultrasound cavitation is used to breakdown fat cells inside body below skin. It is a non surgical method in which fat breakdown by applying pressure by ultrasound vibrations. After breakdown of fat, it changes its form into liquid and get excreted through urine.
4. Chronic pain
Ultrasound is also used to treat chronic pain, the waves of ultrasound machine helps to increase circulation and tissue extensibility which helps in decreasing body pain by increasing mobility.
It can heal your body’s deep tissue, but it also reduces muscle spasms. Spasms and muscle tightness can be traced back to the root cause of your pain.
5. Relaxation of tissue tension
Immobility and musculoskeletal problems are one of the largest contributors to disabilities worldwide, according to musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal pain is caused by injury to your muscle tissue. Despite the fact that general wear and tear can cause this harm, trauma also has an effect.
Ultrasound therapy can provide your tissues with the intense heat they need to relieve tissue tension. Moreover, the ultrasound has a positive effect on soft tissue cell function. when the ultrasound increases blood flow, it makes the cells more receptive to healing.
6. Scar tissue breakdown
Micro vibrations produced by ultrasound therapy helps in decreasing the formation of scar tissues, vibration effects the fibres which cause scar tissue.
Range of motion increase and cause longer relief from pain after breaking of the scar tissue in body.
Some other benefits of ultrasound therapy
- The therapy is painless and easy to apply.
- You are concious during whole procedure without anesthesia.
- Ultrasound has no harmful side effects.
- It is non-invasive and safe compared to other modalities.
Contraindications of ultrasound therapy
There are some contraindications of ultrasound therapy, in those conditions ultrasound should not be used.
- Over cancerous tissue
- Area without sensation
- Over infected wounds
- Over metal implants
- Over pacemaker
- Over eyes
- Over genitals
- Over pregnant uterus
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