There are a number of published research on the methodology and efficacy of using ultrasound and electrotherapy. These include:
Combining ultrasound and TENS currents has a more effective analgesic effect and can improve the efficiency of patients with pain in the lumbar spine than monotherapy. This combination enables faster recovery in professional and social activity and a reduction in sickness absence at work. ¹
Treating myofascial trigger points of the upper trapezius muscles using the combination of ultrasound therapy and electrotherapy offers a greater immediate increase in the range of motion of the muscle than placebo therapy, ultrasound therapy alone, or electrotherapy alone. The combination treatment can also help to reduce the muscle tightness caused. Therefore, the use of this combination therapeutic modality to treat myofascial should be seriously considered.²
A combination of TENS and ultrasound therapy proved to be a more effective treatment modality in active trigger points and provided prompt relief of symptoms than the ischemic compression alone.³
1. Krukowska J, Dudkiewicz I, Balcerzak E, Link P, Kulma D, Miller E: Evaluate the efficacy of combination therapy of ultrasound and currents of TENS professionally active in patients with pain of the lumbar spine. Wild Lek. 2014;67(4):453-9, 2014.
2. Lee JC, Lin DL, and Hong C: The Effectiveness of Simultaneous Thermotherapy with Ultrasound and Electrotherapy with Combined A.C. and DC Current on the Immediate Pain Relief of Myofascial Trigger Points. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain 5(1), 1997.
3. Mukkannavar, P. B: Effect of Combination Therapy [TENS & Ultrasound] and Ischemic Compression in the Treatment of Active Myofascial Trigger Points. Journal of Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, 4(2): 95-103, 2008.