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At Hand in Hand, ultrasound therapy is utilized as a therapeutic approach to minimize muscle pain and movement dysfunction. By utilizing sound waves, therapeutic ultrasound delivers heat to the tissues to the site of treatment. Occupational therapists at Hand in Hand utilize ultrasound therapy to reduce swelling, stiffness and pain and increase circulation to enable movement with reduced pain. 

How does Ultrasound Therapy work?

At Hand in Hand, our teams of occupational therapists are highly skilled in providing our patients with a stress-free and relaxing environment while patients undergo their treatments the ultrasound is applied using a circular-shaped wand that is directly put in contact with the patient’s skin on the area being treated. In order to assist in transmitting ultrasonic waves, a conductive gel is applied on the surfaces of the transducer head.  The Piezoelectric effect generates the waves causing a vibration of crystals within the transducer head which in turn causes a vibration in the soft tissues. Ultrasound therapy allows for an increase in tissue relaxation, blood flow and scar tissue breakdown. At Hand in Hand, therapeutic ultrasound has been utilized to treat patients with tendinitis, non-acute joint swelling, and muscle spasms.

Within our practice, therapeutic ultrasound has two main purposes; to elevate tissue temperature (continuous ultrasound) and facilitate the healing process (pulsed ultrasound).

Continuous therapeutic ultrasound consists of;

  • Increased extensibility of the soft tissues
  • Decreased pain and chronic inflammation
  • Reduced muscle spasms and joint stiffness

Pulsed therapeutic ultrasound consists of;

  • Facilitating tissue repair and healing
  • Helping with fractures
  • Decreases inflammation of an acute injury or peripheral nerves.