An ultrasound, or massage therapy, is a type of deep tissue massage that uses ultrasound to penetrate the deeper layers of muscle 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 malleable.
It is an alternative method to help relieve muscle pain, release tight muscles, and stimulate ligaments and tendons for better joint flexibility. In addition, it helps with poor circulation in muscles and joints as well as relieving fibromyalgia pain. These are just some of the reasons why many people find therapeutic or deep tissue massage such a beneficial experience.
Is ultrasound massage safe?
As long as the technician uses a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, they can be safe. The ultrasound beam only occupies a very small area and focuses on one spot, so there is no chance of a misdirected beam causing tissue damage. In addition, the machines are expensive and most medical professionals have years of training to ensure they do not have negative effects on nearby tissues. Also, the beam is extremely focused. The muscle tissue to be treated is just under the skin; therefore, the ultrasound cannot go very far without hitting other tissues and causing damage.
Does this treatment hurt?
In a word: no. Traditional massage can be very uncomfortable and can produce a lot of tension. With ultrasound massage, no stretching or range of motion is required; therefore, you don’t have to worry about your muscles hurting while they are relaxing. When you experience a therapeutic ultrasound massage, you will notice that your muscles are not tense, which means they can relax completely while you receive the treatment. Most people feel like they are floating as tension is released from their muscles.
Who can get an ultrasound massage?
Anyone can try this treatment. An ultrasound massage can be used at any age. For example, if you are experiencing 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 therapy sessions. For example, an ultrasound massage would be helpful for someone suffering from chronic muscle pain, temporary injuries, or more serious conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. Most doctors will have ultrasound machines in their offices to provide this type of treatment, and some doctors may even refer patients to therapists experienced with therapeutic ultrasound equipment.
How many times a week should I have an ultrasound massage?
The number of treatments needed will depend on how severe the condition is and how long you’ve had it. It is generally best to do these treatments at least three times a week. Many people will get relief from their pain after just one treatment. However, other benefits such as better mobility and reduced inflammation can take time, so keep in mind that if you only experience pain after each treatment, your condition may not be 100% cured yet. You can take a break from treatments between sessions, but it is recommended that you do at least one session per week; however, most people using this treatment method will choose to have more during the week, especially if they are in severe pain.
How long do I wait to shower after an ultrasound massage?
You can shower or shower immediately after this type of treatment. Your muscles will be flexible and ready to use. You should give yourself some time afterwards to let your muscles relax and get some rest before returning to strenuous activity.
Can I choose the type of ultrasound machine that is used?
Most doctors will have an ultrasound machine on hand, but you can choose which therapist your therapist will use to treat you if it matters. Some doctors use a direct current (DC) unit and others use an electronic vaporizer. You should ask your provider what kind of machine they are using before considering using it.
How does a therapeutic ultrasound massage work?
The points you are being treated with ultrasound, better known as “acupuncture points”, act like an acupuncture needle. They stimulate blood circulation and increase blood flow to the area your muscles have damaged. 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 force called “CO2”. CO2 reacts with other chemicals in your body such as lactic acid, histamines, prostaglandins and leukotrienes.