Therapeutic Benefits of the Ultrasound US 1000 3rd Edition
When people hear the word ultrasound, they think of the imaging technology that allows pregnant women to view their gestating babies, among other uses. However, ultrasound can also be used for therapeutic purposes, as is the case with the Ultrasound US 1000 3rd Edition. This device is a state-of-the-art product, but therapeutic ultrasound has been in use since the 40’s, when ultrasound waves employed by submarines during World War II were found to heat and kill fish. That led to the study of tissue heating and healing effects by physical and occupational therapists.
Ultrasound therapy is applied with a transducer or applicator. In the Ultrasound US 1000 3rd Edition this transducer is a piezoelectric crystal that converts electrical energy into powerful vibratory sound waves. These sound waves are out of reach for the human ear. The resulting increase in temperature leads to vasodilation. All this talk of vibration, heating, fish-killing and whatnot may leave you ill at ease, especially when you consider that the piezoelectric crystal is in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Nothing to worry about, though; the Ultrasound US 1000 3rd Edition comes with a water soluble gel to improve conductivity and decrease friction.
The three main benefits of ultrasound therapy are a boost of circulation in the treated site, which quickens the healing process; a drop in inflammation, thereby relieving pain; and the softening of scar tissue due to a smooth massage of muscle tendons and ligaments. Tissue vibration causes the formation of air bubbles, which stimulate cell membranes and intensifies cell-repairing effects. Additionally, research has shown that ultrasound triggers cell metabolic activity, an outcome that aids to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries.
Ultrasound therapy is useful in treating such conditions as ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, joint inflammation, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, facet irritation, Impingement syndrome, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scar tissue adhesion. The frequency employed is 0.7 to 3.3 megahertz. Maximum absorption of energy takes place from 2 to 5 cm, with intensity reducing the deeper the waves go. Connective tissue, like ligaments, tendons and fascia, is the most absorbent. Physical therapy with ultrasound alternates compression and rarefaction of sound waves with a >20,000 cycles/second frequency. Sound complicated? Not a problem; the Ultrasound US 1000 3rd Edition simplifies all of this in a hand-held device that’s easy to use and transport. It includes all you need it to have to be fully operational.