The Secret of Ultrasound Therapy
Therapeutic Ultrasound - a Quick Overview
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin's surface using sound waves. It's like 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. The sound cannot be heard by humans or animals (humans can only hear sounds up to about 20,000Hz). This very high frequency sound affects very small molecules and cells in the body, and actually causes them to move around.
The way ultrasound waves are 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. For example, 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 too low of a frequency will mean that the waves are too wide to properly move the molecules. For therapeutic applications, 1MHz is the optimal frequency for both effectiveness and penetration.
I purchased the Inferno wrap and Freezie wrap to treat a chronic Achilles tendonosis (MICROSCOPIC TEARS OF THE TENDON AT THE INSERTION).
During the later part of 2008 I was experiencing a lot of tight muscle and tendons and usually working out (running) tired and not properly warmed up and limber. I started the new year with good intention and determined to work on stretching that included following a home yoga program. I am familiar with yoga but admit that I was too aggressive with the stretching that comes from the 'downward dog' position. I believe this aggravated an already existing condition in the Achilles insertion area, this combined with the stress of a late January 5KM road race caused enough pain in the Achilles tendon to force me to discontinue running.
I sought medical attention from my family physician who referred me to physiotherapy. Through the early stage of therapy I continued to do regular bike workouts. Unfortunately the pain increased to the point that I had to stop both running and cycling. I attended physiotherapy for just over two months going once a week receiving massage to the injured area, ultrasound, cortisone by patch and ice. I was religious in following the gentle stretching and strengthening routine at home between physio visits.
After these two months with little improvement they released me with the instruction to continue with the stretching, strength exercises and ice. I was still in pain and could not run or cycle without causing further damage, walking was painful. I search for other solutions and found the information on the MendMeShop web site.
Although skeptical, I purchased the wraps out of desperation, received the product, read all the literature for use and started into a daily routine.
Within 7 days I started to experience a reduction in the constant pain. Within 9 days I was walking without a constant reminder of the injury. I tried doing a ride and although the short 13 mile ride was enjoyable I started to feel the injury flair up again.
The injury is not completely healed but the progress I am experiencing gives me hope that with a continued discipline of home treatment using the products, gentle stretching and the use of wearing a brace on my foot while sleeping to prevent the tendon from retracting, will in time bring about the full healthy healing of the injured area.
I have found that you really have to be in tune with what you are feeling during the gentle stretching and often back off the stretch so as not to cause repetitive injury to the already weakened area of the Achilles insertion.
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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 an ultrasound unit is left sitting still on the body, 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 lower power setting, below 1 watt per centimeter squared. More power is not necessarily better. Though some therapists may use higher powers to speed up ultrasound treatments, it is actually more effective to use a lower power setting for a longer period of time to achieve the optimal healing effect.
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 sound 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, Ultrasound machines actually send the waves in "pulses" (groups,) 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 machines provide a Total Power Output rating. High power units are typically used with large applicator heads to treat larger areas 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 of time, using a lower power setting.
When applied directly to the skin, an ultrasound device 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 damage the ultrasound unit.
What does it do?
The heating and massaging effects of Therapeutic Ultrasound have two primary benefits. First, it increases blood flow to 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, through a process called phonophoresis. 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 phonophoretically administering the medication. Ultrasound treatments with Phonophoresis are rapidly becoming more popular than Ultrasound Therapy alone, due to the added benefits.
For most injuries and ailments, a cycle of ultrasound therapy should optimally consist of 5-10 minute treatments, repeated 2-3 times per day for the duration of the healing period- this routine will mean fast, efficient healing, allowing you to get back to your normal life without being in pain. This surprises many people who have gone for single treatments in clincs only 2 or 3 times each week. The clinic approach, while providing the benefits of ultrasound therapy, simply become too expensive and too inconvenient.
Ultrasound Gets Rid of Inflammation Fast!
When you have a plantar injury or achilles injury, the area becomes inflamed as the damaged tissue cells release toxins. These toxins cause your knee to be tender to touch, red, and sore to move. As the toxins and damaged cells accumulate, blood vessels become blocked and fluid gathers... resulting in swelling and pain. This is very much like the effect a dam has on a river - the flow is stopped and the fluid just builds up.
To rid your plantar of inflammation completely you need something to unblock the blood vessels and open the blood flow in the injury location. During ultrasound treatments, sound waves vibrate the soft tissue to reduce the blockage, decreasing the pooling of fluid and resupplying the injured area with much needed nutrients (allowing your injured cells to heal more quickly). Here's how it happens...
The sound waves bounce against the tissue, scattering the fluid that causes inflammation. This unblocks the dam allowing blood to flow normally again. Increased blood flow helps whisk away dead cells and toxins from the injured tissue. The sound waves speed your body through the inflammatory process - reducing symptoms of pain, swelling, redness and heat - and open up vessels to deliver fresh blood for healing.
...the key to faster healing.
Blood is your body's natural healer. It delivers oxygen and nutrients - elements crucial to regenerate and re-grow healthy tissue. Not only does ultrasound open up your blood vessels, it creates a thermal (warming) effect in the tissue cells. To counteract this warming effect, your body tries to cool the warmed tissue by sending blood your knee. This increases the amount of fresh oxygen and nutrients to your plantar ligament for even faster healing!
Therapeutic ultrasound increases the blood-flow to your injured knee, enhancing your body's natural healing process in a non-invasive and painless way.
Ultrasound Treats Your Painful Scar Tissue
In most cases of a tear, strain, pull, or cartilage degeneration, scar tissue begins to form at the injury site, binding your tissues together abnormally.
Unlike healthy tissue that works like a stretchy elastic band, scar tissue is tough and inflexible. Most of us know of someone that just can't seem to recover from a soft tissue injury - a good example is a runner that has injured their achilles tendon: the injury stops hurting so they start running again, and the scar tissue from the old injury just prevent the achilles from flexing properly, so they keep straining it time after time. In fact, 90% of runners that have injured their achilles will reinjure their achilles again... this is what scar tissue can do - it turns a short term injury into a long term recurring injury.
Scar tissue limits foot flexibility, greatly increases the chance of reinjury, causes pain when stretching and can leave you vulnerable to a very long period of chronic inflammation, pain and even plantar surgery.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a Key Treatment for Long-Lasting Results
Ultrasound therapy is an essential step in keeping your soft tissue injury from debilitating you later on in life! As the sound waves 'bounce' against the scar tissue they 'micro-massage' and soften it, increasing the elasticity and restoring your tissue back to its normal state - good as new. This is essential because renewed, elastic tissue is healthier and less prone to re-injury. Get rid of the scar tissue and you reduce the chance of a chronic (life-long) painful condition, like arthritis or tendonitis, from setting in.
Scar tissue buildup makes it difficult and painful to flex your foot easily, limiting your range of motion. As ultrasound treats your scar tissue you will notice it is easier to flex your knee again. This is a sign that your therapy is working.
No scar tissue = improved flexibility and range of motion
Physical Therapy employs massage techniques to remove scar tissue and they are very effective though painful. Often the pain is too much to bear and in such cases you have a person that sacrifices flexibility because he/she cannot bear the pain of having the scar tissue "worked out". Ultrasonic waves soften tough scar tissue with no pain or impact - but keep in mind that it can take months of ultrasound treatment to reduce scar tissue, so its not a quick fix.
It's that simple - ultrasound softens painful scar tissue and speeds up the healing process. The treatments are easy, painless and the results are outstanding!
Frequent Treatments = Quicker Results
The biggest secret of ultrasound therapy is...the more you do it, the better it works.
What can be Treated With Ultrasound?
An incredibly wide variety of ailments are treated using ultrasound. Essentially, ultrasound will help anywhere you need increased blood circulation and reduced swelling/edema.
Injuries to the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage are excellent candidates for ultrasound treatments. Typically, these types of injuries are very slow to heal due to constant use and/or poor or slow blood circulation. Constant use of an injured area will only result in further injury. Regular applications of ultrasound therapy over the duration of the healing period will quickly and significantly reduce pain as well as recovery time- the ultrasound-stimulated tissue and increased blood flow speed the healing process, while the swelling/edema is reduced.
Most professional athletes use ultrasound therapy as a preventative measure to protect themselves against injury. Using ultrasound before and after very physically demanding activities aids in the warm-up/warm-down process. Athletes with chronic ailments from previous injuries also use ultrasound to promote circulation to the injured area and to reduce any swelling and pain which may impact their performance. Many professional athletes have purchased personal ultrasound units, due to their frequent use.
People who suffer from chronic ailments associated with swelling and pain will also experience great benefit from ultrasound. Those who suffer from Arthritis, Bursitis, Carpal and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, or swollen discs use ultrasound to reduce the swelling and pain associated with their ailment. Non-chronic conditions, such as Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, arch pain, or soft tissue/joint injuries in general can be treated and even eliminated with ultrasound therapy. For conditions such as Arthritis, however, ultrasound therapy unfortunately cannot eliminate the disease, but it can reduce the pain and swelling significantly- this allows sufferers to get back to their normal day-to-day activities. When used for treating painful conditions such as these, ultrasound is typically applied using a medicated gel to gain the phonophoretic benefit as well.
As a therapeutic massage device, ultrasound is very effective at reducing muscle tension. People who suffer muscle tension headaches and migraines can use ultrasound on the back of the neck. This is a very common procedure used by massage therapists and chiropractors to treat headache sufferers.
Massage therapists will often offer ultrasound treatments in conjunction with regular massage, as a pain free method of releasing trigger points and "knots" in all the muscles. Using ultrasound on the trigger points of injured muscles helps to relax and reduce the trauma of the injury. When relaxed, the muscle can heal and recover from the injury much more quickly and more effectively, with less scar tissue formation. While full body ultrasound treatments are not practical, ultrasound treatments on specific injured areas are very effective.
Is My Ultrasound Treatment Missing the Advantages of Phonophoresis?
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When applied directly to the skin an ultrasound head 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 without gel is ineffective and can damage the ultrasound machine.
How to Get Further Relief with Phonophoresis Therapy
Ultrasound can also be used to administer therapeutic medicines deep into your foot or achilles via the use of medicated ultrasound gel. This is a process known as phonophoresis. Ultrasound with Phonophoresis is rapidly becoming more popular than Ultrasound Therapy alone.
The MendMeShop all natural gel is the only effective topical therapeutic gel that is also a phonophoretic ultrasound gel.
MendMeShop Lavender Infusion ultrasound gel is made with natural medical ingredients that have:
- circulatory stimulant properties and more
When applied topically and massaged into the skin, MendMeShop Gel relieves pain and speeds healing without any side-effects.
MendMeShop Gel is a professional medical product for professional quality treatments that is prescribed by doctors and used in physical therapy and chiropractic clinics.
If you are not using the MendMeShop Lavender Infusion Ultrasound gel, your plantar injury treatment is missing the advantages of phonophoresis.
MendMeShop Lavender Infusion Gel is a medical product that is prescribed by doctors and used in many physical therapy and chiropractic clinics. MendMeShop Gel is a professional product for professional quality treatments. It's powerful, effective, hypoallergenic, and it works!
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Where can I get 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. Some clinics may even rent out Ultrasound Kits 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 condition.
Ultrasound Kits are also available for purchase from most medical practitioners who offer Ultrasound treatments. You can also order our ultrasounds online by clicking here (aidmyplantar shop).
MendMeShop's Home Therapeutic Ultrasound Kits
Our Home Therapeutic Ultrasound Kit is designed for people who require or desire ultrasound treatments on a regular basis. Compact, light-weight, safe, portable and very easy to use, it provides people with a means to give themselves convenient, private, and much less expensive ultrasound treatments.
The units come with a bottle of 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 medications and the regular ultrasound therapy provide incredible pain relief and greatly speed the healing process.
In addition to the ultrasound unit and medicated gel, our kits also come with an illustrated treatment manual and colorful trigger point chart to guide you through treating almost every part of your body. The kit also includes a handy portable travel bag so that you can take your kit with you wherever you go.
Benefits of MendMeShop Ultrasound
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Therapeutic Ultrasound emits ultrasound waves at a frequency of 1-million vibrations per second (1 MHz). A safe recommended treatment time is typically 10 minutes at three applications per day.
Our online shop offers a safe personal therapeutic ultrasound device for your purchase. This ultrasound technology is the same technology used at your physical therapists office.
When used properly with our ultrasound gel, your personal ultrasound unit has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective treatment device for injuries and ailments.
Our personal ultrasound unit comes with our specially formulated ultrasound gel containing Menthol, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender - proven natural pain relievers.
This ultrasound gel is designed to give immediate topical relief. Even better though is that the ultrasound waves drive the pain relieving ingredients deep into the affected tissues.
Medically this process is known as phonophoresis. The end result is that the combination of our ultrasound and the specially formulated gel get to the pain deep under the skin to the injured muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments. It's relief where you need it most.
The therapeutic properties of ultrasound and phonophoresis have many applications. Not only is it a recommended Plantar Injury and Achilles treatment but, you can also use the MendMeShop ultrasound unit to relieve:
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Tension Headaches
- Whiplash (aids in removal of scar tissue and releasing trigger points)
It is also an amazing anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for:
- Nerve Damage
The MendMeShop Ultrasound Therapy System:
- is engineered in an approved medical manufacturing facility - made to our exact specifications for optimal, frequent home treatments.
- guaranteed to not heat up and break down due to a unique energy absorption ring that reduces wear and tear on the internal parts of the unit.
- is a high quality device, made of durable materials.
- offers a medical grade level of reliability - guaranteed. Every unit comes with an automatic 1 year warranty with the option to extend it to 5 years.
Cost Effective and Convenient
Therapeutic ultrasound delivers the same kind of pain relief and healing benefits as professional ultrasound treatments at the physical therapy office.
When used in conjunction with other physical therapy regimens, users can reduce recurring physical therapy costs and decrease time traveling to inconvenient appointments.
For most injuries and ailments, a cycle of ultrasound therapy 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. This has everything to do with the cost and convenience for the customer.
A proper course of therapeutic ultrasound treatments consists of 3 to 10 minute treatments 2 to 4 times per day.
Therapeutic Ultrasound Restrictions
Therapeutic Ultrasound Warnings:
- Never use your ultrasound for treatment without first applying the conductive ultrasound gel.
- Never clean the unit with water or submerge it under water.
- Never use ultrasound on children under the age of 16 without the recommendation/supervision of your physician/pediatrician.
Therapeutic Ultrasound Use is Not Recommended:
- Over organs (stomach, liver, lungs, spleen, bowels, heart, kidneys)
- Over the pelvis, abdomen and lumbar (lower back) region in pregnant or potentially pregnant females
- Over highly ultrasound-sensitive organs (eyes, ears, ovaries, testicles, brain, spinal cord)
- Over mucous membranes (mouth, nose, rectum/anus, vagina)
- On patients with pace-makers on patients with phlebitis, deep venous thromboses
- Over any type of implant
- On patients with hemophilia
- On patients with spina bifida or surgical laminectomies of the spine
- On tissue and/or bone with active infection
- Over areas suspected to be cancerous or pre-cancerous
- Over de-sensitized (numb, hypoaesthesia) areas of the skin (eg. diabetic neuropathy)
- Over open sores or lesions
- In the front of the upper neck (thyroid region)
- Over areas that have had cortisone injections in the last 30 days
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- 8oz bottle of exclusive Lavender Infusion Medicated Ultrasound Gel
- Illustrated treatment manual
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Our ultrasound kits are radically changing lives and the professional therapeutic community. A low cost, safe, easy-to-use unit allows professionals to provide their patients with units to take home and use for the duration of the healing process.
This means you can get your treatments 3 times per day, every day, instead of just a couple times per week. That's 10 times as often - 10 times the benefit - meaning a much less painful and more speedy recovery.
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MendMeShop Portable Ultrasound Units are the best quality product you will find anywhere. MendMeshop products are also guaranteed with a 60 day money back guarantee.
If for any reason you're not happy with any product you purchase at MendMeShop, you can send it back for a full refund.
Home Ultrasound Kits are radically changing lives, as well as the professional therapeutic community. A low cost, safe, easy-to-use unit allows professionals to provide their patients with units to take home and use for the duration of the healing process. This means you can get your treatments 3 times per day, every day, instead of just a couple times per week. This therefore means a fast, efficient recovery, with reduced pain- guaranteed.
Before beginning any new treatments or therapies for any condition, always consult your doctor to make sure MendMeShop's outstanding products are right for you.
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