Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, fascia, scar tissue, and muscle. The therapeutic effect results when the soft tissue absorbs the sound waves which enhance cellular function, repair, and generation. This increases the healing properties and can decrease pain and healing time. It can also make the muscles and scar tissue more pliable. This is a great therapy for acute injuries, such as sports/auto injuries.
In chronic conditions, ultrasound can produce heat within the tissues for an additional therapeutic effect. Ultrasound can be applied to many areas of the body, including the extremities and the jaw (TMJ).