Ultrasound is used in physical therapy to provide deep heating to soft tissues in the body, including muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments. It can be used to help the healing process and decreasing pain. Generally speaking, ultrasound can be used for any soft-tissue injury, but common injuries that are often treated include bursitis, tendonitis, muscle strains and tears, frozen shoulder, sprains and ligament injuries, and joint tightness, among others.

Our Practitioners

Meet our team of practitioners who are highly skilled at using therapeutic ultrasound to enhance the healing process and manage, decrease, and, ultimately, eliminate your pain. Our practitioners are ready to help improve your overall health and wellness using ultrasound.

Sharlton Hercules

Personal Trainer, Registered Massage Therapist, & Sports Injury Therapist



What is Ultrasound Therapy?

Ultrasound is a therapeutic treatment method utilizing soundwaves to treat pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. It's a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin's surface using soundwaves. The ultrasonic waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local tissues. The vibration can cause a deep heating locally, though usally no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient.

The soundwaves stimulate your joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other tissues providing targeted pain relief.

What do ultrasound waves do?

Ultrasound waves do the following:

  • Add heat: The soundwaves penetrate the skin and surface layers and cause the soft tissue to vibrate, producing gentle healing vibrations within the affected area that soothe inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Increase blood flow: Ultrasound waves also cause tissues to relax and increase blood flow to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation. Increased blood flow also delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue, removes cell waste, and aids healing.
  • Enhances absorption of analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents: Ultrasound can also be used to evoke phonophoresis. This is a non-invasive way of enhancing the absorption of analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents to tissues below the skin using ultrasonic waves.
  • Decreases trigger point pain: Ultrasound works by decreasing the pain and sensitivity associated with muscular trigger points. Studies have demonstrated trigger points to be important causes of headache, back ache, and all types of muscular and soft tissue "overuse" syndromes.

What can Ultrasound Therapy do?

Ultrasound therapy has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue and adhesion breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing. Ultrasound enhances the body's natural healing process and can reduce irritation to nerve roots.

What can Ultrasound Therapy be used for?

Ultrasound Therapy can be used for:

  • Arthritis pain relief
  • Sciatic nerve pain relief
  • Foot pain
  • Wound care
  • Poor circulation
  • Neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, chronic pain, etc.
  • Knee injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Pulled muscles
  • Frozen shoulder
    ...among many others.

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