Ultrasound Treatment

Phases of healing

Inflammation Stage
It has been proven that during this stage the inflammatory process is speed up to bring around proliferation.

Proliferation stage
Ultrasound appears to encourage alignment of collagen and results in increased strength and elasticity of the scar.

Remodelling
Thought to also improve strength and elasticity of a scar.

Ultrasound can be effective on human tissues via thermal and non-thermal methods. The application of an external energy – in this case the ultrasound – to tissues can create an environment of enhanced physiological activity.

Thermal Effects

Ultrasound’s mechanical energy is absorbed in the tissue allowing oscillation (converted into heat energy),
providing the heat generated is greater than the rate of dissipation, tissue temperature will rise.

Non-Thermal Effects

Pulsed ultrasound creates acoustic micro streaming which gently stimulates cell activity at the boundary between the cell membrane and surrounding tissue fluid.

Thermal and non-thermal contraindications?

  • Non-Thermal Contraindications
  • Pregnancy
  • Bleeding tissue
  • Non-Thermal Local Contraindications
  • Malignancy
  • Eyes
  • Testis
  • Active Implants (pacemakers)
  • Active Epiphysis
  • Non-Thermal Precautions
  • Local Circulatory Insufficiency
  • Devitalised Tissue (Radiotherapy)
  • Thermal Contraindications
  • Pregnancy
  • Metal Implants
  • Local Circulatory Insufficiency
  • Bleeding Tissue
  • Thermal Local Contraindications
  • Malignancy
  • Eyes
  • Testis
  • Active Implants (Pace Maker)
  • Active Epiphysis
  • Thermal Precaution
  • Devitalised Tissue (Radiotherapy)