The healing benefits of ultrasound can be used in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions of horses. The therapy is used successfully to treat splints, suspensory ligaments & tendons injuries, muscle strains, stiff joints, arthritis and bone fractures, healing wounds.
Ultrasound is a form of acoustic energy and acts as a deep tissue-heating agent. As opposed to superficial heat treatments, such as chemical packs and heat lamps, ultrasound can produce temperature changes as deep as 1 to 5 cm in underlying tissues (such as muscle and tendon) without excessive heating of the skin.
In addition the therapy can deliver non-thermal effects, which involve physiological changes in tissues that cannot be attributed to heating. The combination of deep heating and non-thermal effects makes this a unique and versatile therapy.
The benefits of ultra sound include:
- Increased joint mobility
- Increased tendon extensibility
- Softening of scar tissue
- Minimizing the effects of calcium deposits
- Analgesic effect
- Relaxing muscle spasms