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Ultrasonic waves or sound waves of a high frequency that are not audible to the human ear are produced by means of mechanical vibration in the metal treatment head of the ultrasound unit. The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury, transmitting the energy into the tissues. When sound waves come into contact with air it causes a dissipation of the waves, therefore,  a special ultrasound gel is placed on the skin to ensure maximal contact between the treatment head and the surface of the skin. This also provides a medium through with the sound waves can travel.

The benefits of electrotherapy are wide-ranging and include pain reduction, soft tissue relaxation, improved blood flow, scar tissue breakdown and increased tissue tensile strength; all leading to an increase in range of movement.

Generally injuries that have caused swelling will respond well to electrotherapy; these include sprained ankles and overuse injuries such as tennis and golfer’s elbow.

What our patients say

I first hobbled into Square One on crutches to see Jennie six weeks after a serious multi-fracture to my ankle. By week twelve, thanks to Jennie’s expertise and encouragement, I could dispense with crutches and fracture boot and work towards my goal of walking without a limp. At week eighteen, Jenine began soft tissue work…

Norah McPhail

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