Ultrasound, or therapeutic massage, is a type of deep tissue massage that uses ultrasound to penetrate the deeper layers of the muscles and produce an anti-inflammatory response. The treatment increases blood flow and produces more oxygen, nutrients and other essential materials to the damaged area, making it more flexible.
It is an alternative method to relieve muscle pain, release tight muscles and stimulate ligaments and tendons for better flexibility in your joints. In addition, it helps with poor circulation to your muscles and joints, as well as relieving the pain of fibromyalgia. These are just some of the reasons why many people find healing or deep tissue massage such a beneficial experience.
Is Ultrasound Massage Safe?
If the technician uses a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, it can be safe. The ultrasound beam occupies only a very small area and focuses on one point, so there is no chance that a wrong beam direction will cause tissue damage. In addition, the machines are expensive and most doctors have years of training to ensure that they do not adversely affect nearby tissues. In addition, the beam is extremely focused. The muscle tissue that heals is just below the skin. Therefore, the ultrasound can not travel very far without hitting other tissues and causing damage.
Does this treatment hurt?
In a word: no. Traditional massage can be very uncomfortable and intense. With Ultrasound massage, no stretching or range of motion is required. Therefore, you do not need to worry about your muscles aching while relaxing. When you do a therapeutic massage with ultrasound, you will notice that your muscles are not tense, which means that they can completely relax as you receive treatment. Most people feel like they are floating as tension is released from their muscles.
Who can do an ultrasound massage?
Anyone can try this treatment. An ultrasound massage can be used by anyone regardless of age. For example, if you experience a lot of back pain, this treatment can help relieve that pain and increase your flexibility. There are a variety of other conditions that can be treated with treatment sessions. For example, an ultrasound massage would be helpful for someone suffering from chronic muscle pain, temporary injuries, or more serious conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Most doctors will have ultrasound machines in their offices to offer this type of treatment, and some doctors may even refer patients to experienced therapists with ultrasound therapy equipment.
How many times a week should I have an ultrasound massage?
The number of treatments you will need will depend on how serious the condition is and how long you have it. Generally, it is best to do these treatments at least three times a week. Many people will be relieved of their pain after just one treatment. However, other benefits, such as better mobility and reduced inflammation, may take time, so keep in mind that if you only have pain after each treatment, your condition may not be 100% cured yet. You can take a break from treatment between sessions, but it is recommended that you take at least one session a week. However, most people who use this method of treatment will choose to have more during the week, especially if they are in severe pain.
How long do I wait to take a bath or shower after an ultrasound massage?
You can take a shower or bath immediately after this type of treatment. Your muscles will be supple and ready to use. You need to allow yourself some time afterwards to let your muscles relax and unwind just before you return to intense activity.
Can I choose the type of ultrasound machine to be used?
Most clinicians will have an ultrasound machine at their disposal, but you can choose which one your therapist will use to treat you, if that’s important. Some clinicians use a DC unit and others use an electronic steamer. You should ask your provider what kind of machine he is using before you consider using it.
How does a therapeutic massage with ultrasound work?
The points that you undergo with the ultrasound treatment, better known as the “acupuncture points”, act as an acupuncture needle. They stimulate blood circulation and increase blood flow to the area that has damaged your muscles. Ultrasound causes your muscles and tissues to contract as they are stimulated. This contraction increases blood flow to this area and stimulates the lymphatic system. The result is a type of healing power called “CO2”. CO2 reacts with other chemicals in your body, such as lactic acid, histamines, prostaglandins and leukotrienes.