Ultrasound to boost healing
Ultrasound machines deliver high-frequency sound waves into soft tissue.
We use ultrasound during diagnosis to get a picture of the injured area, but we also use it to promote healing - what's known as therapeutic ultrasound.
Therapeutic ultrasound has been used since the 1950s and there's evidence to suggest it:
Warms and relaxes soft tissues
Boosts blood flow
Improves the function of scar tissue
Speeds up healing
Therapeutic ultrasound is most useful for tendonitis, ligament sprains, injuries to joint capsules and scar tissue.
Most ultrasound treatments will only take a few minutes and are used in conjunction with other manual therapies and exercise prescription. We'll first use a gel, then we'll move a probe across the skin over the affected area.
Ultrasound is considered very safe and comfortable when used by a trained professional, however we'll do a thorough assessment first to make sure it's suitable for you.