Therapeutic ultrasound uses low frequency sound waves (unlike diagnostic ultrasound which uses high frequency sound waves) that cause tissue at different depths in the body to vibrate. This produces localized deep heat in the soft tissue to be treated, leading to an increase in cellular metabolism, increased production of healing factors, and an increased rate of healing.
Therapeutic ultrasound is effective for the treatment of muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries and has even been shown to be effective in decreasing the time it takes to heal certain types of broken bones. It may also be used aesthetically to decrease cellulite and to aid in driving medicines whether herbal or pharmaceutical into tissues for maximum healing.
Interferential therapy is a form of electrical muscle stimulation that uses two to three medium frequency currents that superimpose upon or interfere with each other in a localized area. The resulting muscle contractions can help reduce edema, treat urinary incontinence (by helping to strengthening the muscles of the pelvic wall), and effectively manage chronic pain through stimulating the release of natural human endorphins.
Cold Laser Therapy
Certain wavelengths of light at certain intensities have been shown to stimulate tissue regeneration and the immune system, and decrease healing time and inflammation. Also known as photobiomodulation, low level laser therapy, and laser biostimulation, this modality is emerging as a therapy with multiple applications. Cold laser has been used in the treatment of tendon and ligament injuries, small joint arthritis, wound healing, chronic pain, and nerve regeneration. Cold laser can be also used to reduce and desensitize allergies and emotional toxins.