Ultrasound/EMS is a therapy combination of ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation that is utilized in the office to handle injuries related to joints, muscle spasms, as well as most soft tissues.
While it shares the same name, this ultrasound is not the same as the type of ultrasound utilized diagnostically to screen internally in the body. This ultrasound creates small sound waves that in effect vibrate and massage soft tissues and muscle. These sound waves do an excellent job in facilitating the body's healing process in addition to decreasing scar tissue formation. Certain ultrasounds also create a heating effect to help relax the muscles or tightness in the body. This heat combined with the overall features of the ultrasound help to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level speeding up your road to recovery.
Electrical muscle stimulation is a procedure used to passively exercise muscular soft tissue up to tolerance of healthy tissue, but not past the point of pain where tissue destructioin could take place. The electrical current stimulates the nerves as they enter the muscle and gently contracts the muscle in a rhythmic pattern to accomplish a variety of therapeutic benefits.