Ultrasound is a passive therapy using a round “wand” and conductive gel to produce a calming and therapeutic effect. Most commonly, ultrasound is used in the areas of the trapezius and rotator cuff musculature in the upper body and in the gluteal musculature in the lower body. Ultrasound utilizes sound waves to penetrate the tissues and cause vibration and heat therapy (although modifications can be made to reduce heat in cases of acute injury). Typically, no heat is felt by the patient. Therapeutic benefits include muscle relaxation, reduced swelling, and scar tissue breakdown.

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