Ultrasound therapy is a widely used non-invasive procedure used to treat many ailments by doctors. It administers a series of ultrasound waves to heal injuries and rehabilitation to worn out and injured muscle tissues. The principle behind ultrasound therapy is to stimulate the injury and cause tissue ‘provocation’ that promotes healing.
Ultrasound waves strike the bones and are reflected back. This wave therapy thus works by pain alleviation. It helps by ameliorating inflammation and shortening the recovery time and provides pain relief. Two widely used Ultrasound therapy techniques are Thermal Ultrasound and Mechanical Ultrasound. The type that you receive is determined by your condition, the extent of swelling, injury, and the results that are desired. Here’s how ultrasound therapy helps in reducing inflammation-
Provides deep heating of the tissue
Thermal ultrasound therapy raises the temperature of soft tissues like joints, tendons, and ligaments. This warming temperature provides soothing relief to the injured tissue. Deep heating increases angiogenesis and increases blood supply, thereby decreasing the inflammation. It also causes tension release from stiff joints and gives mobility to muscles. The collagenous tissue is intensely heated at a high intensity, thus promoting repairs. This repair causes the release of anti-inflammatory substances. Hence, one can say that thermal Ultrasound plays a significant role in reducing inflammation.
Causes cavitation and acoustic streaming in the body
Ultrasound therapy causes energy flooding. This process is called cavitation, where microscopic gas bubbles contract and relax. This, in turn, leads to cellular aiding and repair. Cavitation is a result of Ultrasound Therapy that is often desired by physiotherapists to give a quicker recovery time. This will cause inflammation to go down and thus helps in pain relief. Tissue swelling is massively reduced by Ultrasound Therapy. Cavitation also helps in acoustic streaming. This is a phenomenon that alters the ion transport mechanism of cell membranes and causes the release of calcium that is responsible for a number of biochemical procedures, including healing and tissue synthesis.
Helps in achieving Phonophoresis
Phonophoresis is a noninvasive method to administer drugs below the skin to the injured tissue. It is a painless procedure, and a variety of anti-inflammatory medications can be supplied to injured tissues that will cause the inflammation to subside. Cortisone is usually given to patients by physiotherapists via Ultrasound Therapy.
Aids in Scar tissue breakdown and healing
Ultrasound Therapy, when applied to a specific tissue, will cause scar tissue breakdown and will speed up the healing time. It also enhances the quality of repair and stimulates anabolism. Tissue repair is a multi-step procedure, and Ultrasound Therapy acts on the rate-limiting step that speeds up the process. Cell proliferation is increased, and the patient experiences better repair in the damaged tissue. This causes a reduction in inflammation and soothes the pain.
Ultrasound Therapy is an effective method for reducing inflammation by causing scar tissue breakdown and significant pain alleviation. It is being used by physiotherapists all around the world, and the results are remarkable. It is also safely administered, and patients who are tired of chronic pains and Injury stress should try this method to get relief.