What is ultrasound therapy?
When you hear the word ‘Ultrasound’ naturally anyone would think pregnancy and this is called Diagnostic Ultrasound, used to capture images of organs or other soft tissue. Therapeutic Ultrasound is a treatment tool used by physical and occupational therapists.
There are now devices available to the public that help promote tissue healing or treating chronic pain and much more.
What is an ultrasound therapy machine?
Ultrasound Therapy is mechanical vibration at increasing frequencies known as sound energy. The normal human sound range is from 16 hz to something approaching 15-20,000 hz, and beyond this sound is the frequencies used in therapy, typically between 1.0 and 3.0 (1 MHz = 1 million cycles per second).
When tissue is exposed to ultrasound, the sound waves from the device causes a micro-vibration within the tissue. The micro-vibrations create heat energy which increases the blood flow to this specific area. The increased flow of blood causes an increase in the level of oxygen and chemicals to the area, essentially healing any damage in the tissue. Ultrasound has an additional effect of speeding up the transport of chemicals from the blood into the damaged tissue to aid the healing process. This helps build new tissue and helps to ensure the proper alignment of tissue fibres thus ensuring full flexibility and strength is to be restored.
Ultrasound helps the body heal and build new tissue in the quickest and most effective way.
What is Ultrasound Therapy used for?
Ultrasound Therapy is a treatment used to promote tissue healing and relieve pain. Whilst ultrasound is not effective for all chronic pain conditions, it may help in reducing the pain if you have the following conditions, to name a few:
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Pain caused by scar tissue
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Phantom Limb Pain
Additionally, Ultrasound is now being used for Rhemautoid Arthritis.
The Ultrasound therapy machine also helps with the following:
- Targeted pain relief - treat injury or tissue with ultrasound at the source of your pain for effective therapy up to 7cm deep.
- Speed healing - ultrasound is used in physical therapy to treat pain, spasms & inflammation. Ultrasound promotes tissue heating & increased blood circulation to speed the recovery process & injury rehab.
Will I feel anything?
Some people may feel a mild pulsing whilst using the device, whilst others may feel a slight warmth in the skin. Do not be surprised if you feel none of the above, apart from the cold gel on your skin.
If the area you are treating is sensitive to touch, you could possibly feel a little discomfort as the transducer head passes over the skin, however, it should not be a painful experience.
What else is Ultrasound Therapy used for?
Ultrasound therapy is beginning to make itself very well known in the beauty industry, the reason, prodigious benefits for facial treatment and some of these are:
- Muscle toning
- Acne, scaring and lines are reduced
- Increased lymph node due to the mechanical effect
- Boost in microcirculation and cell metabolism.
- Increased permeability of the cell membrane – far deeper penetration into the deeper layers of your skin.
What is the price of an Ultrasound Therapy Machine?
Ultrasound Machines start at £99 for a wired version - 1MHZ
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Portable Ultrasound Devices are £115 for the 1MHZ version and the 3MHZ version (Most Popular Choices)
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Forget about huge ultrasound machine units.
At Med-fit UK, our machines are the only available in clinics that emits therapeutic ultrasound in pulses and continuous power output. Using a 3 bar power setting (low, medium and high) the devices are incredibly convenient and easy to use. The portable machines make treatment easy and comfortable, whilst increasing the consistency and frequency of your ultrasound treatments