What is Therapeutic Ultrasound?
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin's surface, using sound waves. It is sort of a very high frequency sound massage, which can penetrate up to 4 inches below the surface of your skin.
The sound waves are very high frequency, typically between 800,000Hz and 2,000,000Hz. This sound cannot be heard by humans or animals. Humans can only hear sounds up to about 20,000Hz. This very high frequency sound, like medicine, affects very small molecules and cells in the body and actually causes them to vibrate. Through a process called vasodilation, the stimulation created by the ultrasound unit will cause your body to pump oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the treated area. This supply of fresh blood means a higher rate of healing, reduced swelling, and faster recovery from injuries.
How ultrasound energy is transferred into the body is a function of many factors. The frequency of the ultrasound waves is actually opposite to how deep they will penetrate the body. A 1MHz ultrasound will penetrate about 4 inches below the skin, whereas a 2MHz ultrasound unit will only penetrate about 2 inches. While a low frequency means deeper penetration, using a frequency which is too low will mean that the waves are too wide to create a healing effect. For therapeutic applications, 1MHz is the optimal frequency for both effectiveness and penetration.
Power output is another significant factor. It is measured in watts per square centimeter. The higher the power, the more energy is transferred into the body. If too high a power output is used, and the ultrasound unit is left sitting still on the body for a prolonged time, it is possible to burn the tissue beneath the skin. While several professional ultrasound machines are capable of these high powers, your medical practitioner will typically use a low power setting below 1 watt per centimeter squared. More power is not necessarily better. Practitioners usually use higher power levels to speed up treatments. However, healing is actually more effective when a lower power setting is used, over a longer period of time.
Research indicates that ultrasound is 50 to 80% more effective than superficial heat.
The power output rating is often broken down into two separate units: peak intensity and average intensity. Peak intensity can be thought of as how tall the waves being sent into your body are. The waves need to be large enough to affect the tissue and provide the desired therapeutic effect. At the same time, your body tissue needs breaks between groups of waves to cool down. So, MendMeShop's Ultrasound units actually send the waves in "pulses", giving your body a vibrate-rest-vibrate-rest effect. The average intensity is a measure of how much energy is transferred over a period of vibrate-rest cycles.
Ultrasound units provide a Total Power Output rating. High power units are typically used with large applicator heads to treat larger parts of the body. The important measurement part of ultrasound is the watts per square centimeter mentioned above, not the total unit power. Again, it is more effective to treat the affected area more frequently and for longer periods with lower power- this helps achieve the optimal therapeutic and healing effect.
When applied directly to the skin, an ultrasound unit cannot effectively transfer the sound waves into the body. To make it work properly, a conductive medium is required - ultrasound gel. The gel simply makes it possible for the sound waves to travel from the unit head into your body. Ultrasound treatments without gel is ineffective and can actually damage the ultrasound unit.
Did you know that Ultrasound therapy can also be used to administer therapeutic medicines into the body? This is a process known as phonophoresis. Using MendMeShop's innovative and remarkable Lavender Infusion Ultrasound Gel is the best way to experience the benefits of phonophoresis.
What does it do?
The heating and massaging effects of Therapeutic Ultrasound have two primary benefits. First, it increases blood flow in the treated area, which speeds the healing process. Second, it reduces swelling and edema, which are the main sources of pain.
Ultrasound can also be used to administer therapeutic medicines into the body. In such a case there are 3 benefits to a treatment- the first two from the massaging effect of ultrasound discussed above, and the third from administering the medication. This is a process known as phonophoresis. Ultrasound with Phonophoresis is rapidly becoming more popular than Ultrasound Therapy alone.
What can be Treated With Ultrasound?
An incredibly wide variety of ailments can be treated using therapeutic ultrasound. Essentially, therapeutic ultrasound will help with any condition in which you need to promote blood circulation and reduce swelling and edema.
It's best to treat injuries of the tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage with therapeutic ultrasound. The ultrasound-stimulated tissue and increased blood flow speeds the healing process greatly. Ultrasound helps to reduce swelling and edema, which in turn greatly reduces the pain from the injury. Typically, these types of injuries are very slow to heal, and because people continue to try to use the injured body part, the injury is repeatedly stressed and even re-injured. Regular applications of therapeutic ultrasound over the duration of the healing period will significantly reduce pain and healing time.
Many professional athletes use therapeutic ultrasound as a preventative modality to protect against injury. Using therapeutic ultrasound before and after very strenuous activities helps in the warm-up/warm-down process. Athletes with chronic problems from previous injuries will use ultrasound treatments to promote circulation to the injured area, as well as to reduce any swelling and/or pain which might impact their performance. Because they use them daily, most professional athletes have purchased their own personal therapeutic ultrasound units.
People who suffer from chronic ailments associated with swelling and pain also gain great benefit from therapeutic ultrasound treatments. People who suffer from Arthritis, Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica and swollen discs use therapeutic ultrasound treatments to effectively reduce the swelling and pain associated with their conditions. Non-chronic conditions such as pulled muscles, muscle spasms, and tendon or ligament injuries can be treated with ultrasound, which will typically speed the healing process. For conditions such as arthritis, therapeutic ultrasound treatments unfortunately cannot cure the disease, but can reduce the pain and swelling significantly- this allows people suffering from arthritis to resume their daily activities. When used for treating painful conditions such as these, therapeutic ultrasound should be applied using a medicated ultrasound gel to gain the phonophoretic benefit as well.
As a therapeutic massaging device, ultrasound is very effective at reducing muscle tension. People who suffer from muscle tension, headaches, and migraines use ultrasound on the back of their necks. This is a very common procedure used by massage therapists and chiropractors for headache sufferers. People receiving treatments often describe the sensation as 'having the tension and pain sucked right out of my head through my neck by the ultrasound machine'. In reality, this feeling derives from the ultrasound treatment relieving stress on trigger points on the neck.
For most injuries and ailments, a cycle of therapeutic ultrasound treatments usually consists of 5-10 minute treatments, 2-3 times per day for the duration of the healing period. This surprises many people who have gone for single treatments in clinics, only 2 or 3 times each week. If your goal is to heal quickly and efficiently, MendMeShop's personal therapeutic ultrasound unit is by far the optimal choice. It is more accessible, easy to use, much less expensive than clinic visits, and best of all, it works!
Is my ultrasound treatment missing the advantages of Phonophoresis?
If you are not getting your ultrasound gel from MendMeShop, then the answer is yes. Our all natural gel is the only Effective Topical Therapeutic Gel that is also a Phonophoretic Ultrasound Gel. When we went out looking for a remarkable ultrasound gel to use with our remarkable ultrasound unit, we didn't like what we found- so we made our own! It is made with natural medical ingredients which have anesthetic, counter-irritant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, decongestant, circulatory stimulant properties and more! When applied phonophoretically with the therapeutic ultrasound unit, MendMeShop Gel relieves pain and speeds healing without any of the side-effects of medication.
Which natural ingredients does our gel contain?
MendMeShop Gel is a medical product that is prescribed by doctors and used in physical therapy and chiropractic clinics. MendMeShop Gel is a professional product for professional quality treatments. It's powerful, effective, hypoallergenic, and it works!
We have some great news! After months of developing the formula and waiting for preliminary tests to come back, I can honestly say our new Lavender Infusion Ultrasound Gel is a winner! We've kept out all the bad ingredients (paraben, colorants, industrial dyes), and I can honestly say - this is the costliest ultrasound gel ever made by anyone! Our decision NOT to use the standard industrial lavender additive but use REAL Bulgarian Lavender is a decision made for this reason: MendMeShop is about Real Solutions for Real People.
When we started this company, we decided to be the Internet Shop that people can count on. MendMeShop sells only the best, and no matter what you find on our shop, remember this - Our products come doctor and therapist recommended, and we only sell products that are the highest standard in the industry. MendMeShop is a shop you can count on, guaranteed!
All the best,
President of MendMeShop.com
Where can I get Therapeutic Ultrasound Treatments?
Traditional Ultrasound Therapy treatments can be obtained from most Doctors, Physiotherapists, and Chiropractors. Some Massage Therapists also provide Ultrasound treatments.
Phonophoretic Ultrasound Therapy is also available at many Doctor's offices, Chiropractors, and Physical Therapy Clinics. Many of the professional therapists will use a medicated Gel. Some clinics will rent out portable ultrasound units to patients for use at home after an initial consultation. Typical pricing is $75 - $100 per week for take home units. In-clinic treatment pricing may vary depending on your ailment. Unfortunately, the cost of going to clinics and renting equipment builds up rapidly.
Personal Ultrasound Kits Available at MendMeShop (our online store)
Our Portable Therapeutic Ultrasound Device is designed for people who want affordable, accessible, and efficient ultrasound treatments. The unit is compact, light-weight, safe, portable, and very easy to use. It provides you with an excellent means of giving yourself convenient, regular ultrasound treatments in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
The units come with our naturally medicated ultrasound gel that, through the process of phonophoresis, delivers anti-inflammatory and pain relieving ingredients deep into the treated area. The combination of phonophoretically delivered natural medication and regular therapeutic ultrasound treatments provide incredible pain relief and speed up the healing process greatly.
In addition to the ultrasound unit and medicated gel, MendMeShop Ultrasound kits also come with an illustrated treatment manual to help you through treating almost every part of your body.