Ultrasound Therapy is a very safe form of therapy which uses ultrasonic waves to pass through your skin and superficial tissues and into the target area. Once applied to the target area it has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown.
The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation. This can be beneficial in both recent injuries such as back muscle strains or sprained ankles and wrists or in long term arthritic knees and necks.
Patients do not tend to feel side-effects of ultrasound therapy as it is applied and can comment that it is painless hence it is a very easy way to affect deep tissues which are causing pain or may be inflamed.