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Why Incorporate Therapeutic Ultrasound into a Massage Treatment?

By Linda Chang, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
Certified Therapeutic Ultrasound Practitioner
Therapeutic Ultrasound Applied to Patient's Wrist

Therapeutic ultrasound is one of the most widely used modalities for the treatment of soft tissue injury, joint dysfunction and pain, which has been used in North America for over 40 years.  Therapeutic ultrasound is the use of sound waves to elicit therapeutic benefits to specific target tissues.

In addition to massage therapy, I also obtained professional training and certification as a certified therapeutic ultrasound practitioner.  In my practice, I integrate Swedish and deep tissue massage, Shiatsu (basic), and therapeutic ultrasound (if indicated) into one multi-faceted treatment.

According to a client’s condition, I apply thermal and/or non-thermal effects of therapeutic ultrasound to treat specific conditions.  In the meantime, depending on the different target body parts, protein and collagen contents of the structure I am treating, it is crucial to formulate the right dosage with an articulate combination of frequency, power density, duty cycle and treatment time to achieve safe and effective results.

Incorporating therapeutic ultrasound (only if indicated, and consented by the client) into a massage treatment reinforces the relief of musculoskeletal pain and tension, joint stiffness, muscle spasm by increasing metabolic rate, blood flow, vasodilation, permeability through cell membranes, and enzymatic activities; therefore it enhances cellular functions to remove tissue debris and repair the target area.

Massage with therapeutic ultrasound can be helpful for a number of acute, subacute and chronic conditions, including musculoskeletal pain and tension, tendinitis, frozen shoulder, Sciatica, knee pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, neurological symptoms (numbness and tingling), deep adhesion, etc.  When a short therapeutic ultrasound session is combined into a Swedish and deep tissue massage session, you may be pleasantly surprised about the next level the entire treatment can reach!

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Prior to joining The Pacific Wellness Institute in November, 2014, Linda practiced massage therapy at physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics respectively.  Other than helping clients de-stress, Linda has extensive clinical experiences working with clients through their journeys to recovery.  If you have any questions about a combination treatment of massage with therapeutic ultrasound (if indicated) for your specific condition, please contact Claudia at The Pacific Wellness Institute at (416) 929-6958, or email info@pacificwellness.ca

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