What is Ultrasounds (sonotherapy)?

Physical therapy includes various treatments. One of them is treatment using ultrasound waves, the so-called sonotherapy. It is a painless procedure involving ultrasonic waves' impact on the affected areas. Ultrasonic waves with high frequencies of 1 to 3 MHz are used in sonotherapy. The human ear cannot hear them, but some animals, such as dolphins, bats and dogs, can listen to them.

What are treatments using ultrasound (sonotherapy)?

The treatment with ultrasound consists of the impact of continuous or pulsating waves on the affected areas of the body. They affect the tissues primarily mechanically through the so-called. Internal tissue massage. They also have thermal, biological and chemical effects.

Treatment with ultrasound has a local and systemic effect. The treatments support regenerative processes and reduce pain. They relax the muscles and make collagen-containing tissues more flexible (scars, aponeurosis, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules). They accelerate wound healing and support the treatment of inflammation.

Therapy using ultrasonic waves is irreplaceable in sports physiotherapy. In physically active people, it supports the regeneration of tissues after overloads and injuries and greatly relieves contractures and muscle tissue fibrosis. In addition, Sonotherapy is a painless procedure that lasts about 15 minutes.

How does ultrasound treatment help patients?

Ultrasound therapy has a wide range of effects on tissues. For example, it supports the formation of new capillaries, increases microcirculation and oxygenation of cells, stimulates the synthesis of proteins, DNA and ATP, and increases collagen concentration. In addition, it stimulates the activity of fibroblasts (connective tissue cells) and osteoblasts (bone-forming cells). This enables a faster return to full fitness in the event of, e.g. cramps, scars, lymphedema and inflammation. Ultrasounds are also used in aesthetic medicine and cosmetics, fighting cellulite and adipose tissue.

The use of ultrasound. What ailments does sonotherapy treat?

Treatments with the use of ultrasound helps in diseases and ailments such as:


  • degenerative disease,
  • contractures of fascia, ligaments and muscles,
  • sciatica,
  • chronic inflammations,
  • pains of various origins and neuralgia,
  • post-traumatic conditions (fractures, dislocations, sprains),
  • lymphedema and hematomas,
  • tissue damage,
  • bone unions,
  • rheumatism,
  • Sudeck team,
  • calcaneal spur.


  • cancers,
  • pregnancy,
  • metal implants,
  • bleeding disorders.

A specialist  decides to qualify the patient for the procedure after collecting the medical history of all critical information regarding the patient’s health.


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