When you think about an ultrasound machine, the first thing that comes to mind is a cute cuddly baby. You fondly remember visits with your wife to view your growing little baby. If you’re a woman, you just remember the feeling of the cold gel on your stomach. But I’m not here to talk about a sonogram ultrasound. I’m talking about the therapeutic portable ultrasounds sold at OTC Wholesale.
How Do Portable Ultrasounds Work?
So what kind of relief can you get from this device? How do they work? Sound waves are produced that cause vibrations within the soft tissue cells and increase the area’s body temperature. The deep heat within the tissues will alleviate some of that pain. Think of it as better than a heating pad, but with some sonic stimulation thrown in there. What kind of relief can you get from a portable ultrasound unit and how do they work? The portable ultrasound produces sound waves that cause vibrations within the soft tissue cells and increase the area’s body temperature. The deep heat within the tissues will alleviate some of the pain in that area. Think of it as better than a heating pad, but with sonic stimulation thrown in there.
How Long Does a Portable Ultrasound Treatment Take?
The portable ultrasound is used for 2 – 5 minutes, depending on the patient’s condition. Just like the ultrasound machines used for looking at babies, you will also need special gel to put on the treated area to conduct the wave energy to the skin. Consider using this machine as an alternative method to treating patients who seek pain relief. It helps best with muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments where it can increase circulation to aid in healing. Ultrasound therapy specifically is beneficial with tendonitis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, joint contractures or tightness, muscle strains and tears, sprains and ligament injuries.
How Do Ultrasound Treatments Help Heal You?
One of the misconceptions of Ultrasound therapy is that the transducer (ultrasound wand) heats up like a heating pad – it doesn’t. This doesn’t mean that the transducer heats up like a heating pad. The heat produced is at the cellular level. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel my cells at the cellular level. Don’t get me wrong simply using the gel and transducer will cause some frictional heat. What’s really happening is that all the way inside your body, the ultrasound sound waves are acting as a vasodilation (dilating the blood vessels) and causing a pressure change to help heal the area. The fact that it can help without meds is wonderful!
All you actually feel at the time is the simple friction of the transducer head. This is the same as when used at a physical therapy appointment for the last 50 years. The traducer is rubbed over the area that has been generously spread with ultrasound gel in circular motions. The transducer should never be left in one place without being in motion. Ultrasound therapy is usually done before the start of manipulation by the therapist or used to reduce the inflammation and swelling, even at home. Increasingly, patients no longer want to take long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammation drugs or can’t use them at all. Therapeutic ultrasound is a safer alternative.
Sound Wave Frequency and Different Portable Ultrasound Units
What’s the difference between the units? The biggest difference is the sound wave frequency and if the unit is portable. Therapeutic ultrasound should not be used for young children, with cancer treatment, during pregnancy, where there have been joint replacements, open wounds, near reproductive organs, the eyes, and heart or on anyone with vascular issues.