Therapeutic ultrasound is practiced by Alison Temple-Smith BA, BSc (Hons) Ost as part of her osteopathic treatment for certain patients. It is completely painless and normally takes between five and ten minutes and is incorporated into other osteopathic techniques. Alison, who is the proprietor of The Bath Practice, is a long established osteopath and has a postgraduate qualification in ultrasound therapy.
What it is used for
Ultrasound is used to treat a wide range of clinical conditions:
- Sprained and torn ligaments
- Inflamed tendons and tendon sheaths
- Lacerations & other surface soft tissue traumas
- Scar tissue sensitivity & tension(muscle spasm)
- Strained & torn muscles
- Inflamed & Damaged joint capsules
- Bone repair
It is of therapeutic use following soft tissue damage by helping to reduce exudates & consequent swelling & promotes healing by increasing blood supply . It produces analgesia (decreasing pain) which interrupts the cycle of pain, muscle spasm & loss of function, therefore helping to promote the early restoration of function. Ultrasound therapy can also soften scar tissue by loosening & increasing the extensibility of scar tissue & adhesions.