The Qualities of an Ideal Ultrasound Therapy Machine

Ultrasound therapy machines have been in use in the medical field of physiotherapy since at least the 1940s. Therapists use it on the skin to apply deep heat or mechanical vibrations to soft issues to treat a range of different conditions most notably ligament sprains, rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle strains. Thanks to its effectiveness, it has become an integral part of the healing process in most tissue-based ailments.

What is also of significance is that today the machine as well as the process have evolved a lot, giving rise to more effective and advanced treatments. But at the same time, it has caused a lot of confusion and problems in ascertaining the right device for the right ailment. Not all ultrasound therapy machines are created equal or are intended to be used as a blanket device.

This makes it important to understand the features of an ideal ultrasound therapy machine. Especially in today’s online world where incorrect information spreads quickly.

Top Ultrasound Therapy Machine Qualities

A list of ideal features of an ultrasound machine for physical therapy:

  • The maximum frequency of the ultrasound waves transmitted by a machine should not be more than 3.0MHz. A combination of low-power/low-frequency, called a ‘slow release’ mechanism, is considered the ideal scenario in healing lesions and pain. The PainShield and WoundShield models by NanoVibronix that adopt this mechanism, are just two examples.
  • Most ultrasound machines are prone to lose the power to produce the desired intensity/frequency of the sound waves. Therefore, usage of a disposable transducer that is replaced on a monthly basis is a major advantage for home based users.
  • The machine should have the ability to produce ultrasound therapy (mainly for muscle spasms and lesion healing) on a continuous basis.

While these are the must-have properties of a good-performing ultrasound therapy machine, therapists must choose devices based on their specific requirements. Modern variations include compact battery operated devices, low frequency/low intensity ultrasound devices, hand held or patch based products applicable both for clinical setting as well as for home use.

The key to getting the ideal machine for each of the specific needs is to look at the above pointers and compare the features of potential products. There are a number of such therapeutic ultrasound machines available in the market. And it is up to the registered therapists to find and employ what is best for their patients depending upon the ailments.

For more information on different types of compact, modern machines, check out the NanoVibronix website.

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