Efficacy of Ultrasound
Atrium Wellness, Inc is founded on principles that work. We do manual therapy because it has been effective for thousands of years. If there is not credible scientific evidence to a modalities effectiveness we would rather go a different route.
Because we are a medical massage therapy company we see a lot of clients because they experienced little or no success with physical therapy (PT). In view of the fact that we are never with the client when they visit the physical therapist we are getting a one-sided story, and that is never good. Therefore, we do our research before we speak on a subject or discount the efficacy of any modality or treatment. In doing so, we typically seek out peer-reviewed or scholarly articles upon which to base our findings.
Ultrasound is a modality that seems to be very common among the clients we see who have been through PT. In speaking with a physical therapist who has been in the business for 20+ years I was told that he does not us ultrasound because it is not effective. I decided to research it for myself.
In their article, A Review of Therapeutic Ultrasound: Effectiveness Studies, Physical Therapy Journal states “There was little evidence that active therapeutic ultrasound is more effective than placebo ultrasound for treating people with pain or a range of musculoskeletal injuries or for promoting soft tissue healing.” http://www.physther.org/content/81/7/1339.full
In an article Ultrasound therapy for musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review published by Research Gate also states “As yet, there seems to be little evidence to support the use of ultrasound therapy in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.” http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Geert_Van_der_Heijden/publication/12867477_Ultrasound_therapy_for_musculoskeletal_disorders_a_systematic_review/links/0912f50f9b47271b3e000000.pdf
In addition, Oxford Journals states “Although many laboratory‐based research studies have demonstrated a number of physiological effects of ultrasound upon living tissue, there is remarkably little evidence for benefit in the treatment of soft tissue injuries.” in their article Therapeutic ultrasound in soft tissue lesions. http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/12/1331.full
Based on these findings, we will continue to promote the use of manual therapy (i.e. massage therapy) as a means by which to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and promote healing of muscle and other soft tissues.
Atrium Wellness, Inc. does not discount physical therapy as a whole and this article is not meant in any way to do that.