Have you ever wanted to crawl into a nice warm bath after a strenuous workout or a stressful day at the office? If you have, your instincts are good: warmth can help relax your muscles, increase circulation and reduce pain.

Unfortunately, because our skin is so sensitive to heat, superficial methods of applying warmth, (like a bath or heating pad) can only penetrate a centimeter or so into our bodies, leaving deep tissues unaffected.

Targeted heat therapy
Therapeutic ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to safely deliver warmth to injured muscle tissue up to five centimeters below your skin. It works by causing the cells in the injured tissues to gently vibrate, producing heat and mechanical energy.

Therapeutic ultrasound may be recommended by your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist or naturopathic doctor to help treat and speed the rate of healing in injured muscle tissue. It has been shown to:

  • Increase blood flow in the treated area
  • Improve joint mobility
  • Increase tendon extensibility
  • Relax muscle spasms
  • Soften scar tissue

What to expect
Before your treatment, your ultrasound therapist will apply a gel to your skin over the injured area. This gel acts as an effective conductor between the ultrasound wand and your skin.

During treatment the ultrasound wand is moved in small circular motions over the affected area. Depending upon your condition, you may feel a comfortable warming sensation, or you may feel nothing at all.

Treatment times vary according to your injury or condition, but usually last between five and ten minutes. Several sessions may be required to treat your condition.

Therapeutic ultrasound is often combined with massage.

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