Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy

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Article by John Miller

What is Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could see how your muscles were contracting as you were doing exercises?

You can! The technique is called Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy.

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Image: Ultrasound image of stomach muscles.

Using a diagnostic ultrasound, we can watch your different layers of muscles contract, relax and most importantly look at their muscle contraction timing, size and even how much fatty tissue is contained within your withered old muscles. Yes, it's just like seeing an unborn baby.

What Conditions Benefit from Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy?

Common Ultrasound Physiotherapy Conditions

Ultrasound physiotherapy can be used for any muscle retraining. The most popular conditions that can be assisted by real time ultrasound physiotherapy include:

Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy Clinics

To make your booking, please contact one of the following PhysioWorks clinics that specialise in Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy programs. 

Ashgrove Physio

Phone: 3366 4221

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Clayfield Physio

Phone: 3862 4544

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Sandgate Physio

Phone: 3269 1122

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Core Exercises & Back Pain

Back pain researchers pioneered real time ultrasound physiotherapy in the successful treatment of lower back pain. They found that the  best way to activate the correct core stability muscles is to actually see them working on a real-time ultrasound scan as you perform the core exercises.

When we attempt to retrain your deep core stability muscle such as Transversus Abdominis or Multifidus being able to feel the muscle working is very important. Unfortunately, since the Transversus Abdominis
muscle is located deep in your abdomen and beneath two outer muscles, it can be quite hard to feel whether it is switching on or not. And, it's almost impossible to detect whether the outer two muscles are working rather than the correct muscle.

This is where the real time ultrasound scanner comes into its own. The technique of ultrasound retraining, carried out with the guidance of a specially trained ultrasound physiotherapist, enables you to quickly learn how to correctly contract your transversus abdominis, multifidus and other core muscles.

The ultrasound scanner provides you and your physiotherapist with a video picture of your muscles working. This enables you to precisely match up what you think you feel with what is actually happening beneath your skin at that very moment. This makes it much easier for you to correctly do your deep core stability exercises at home, which will quicken the solution to your pain. 

What's the Normal Co-contraction that Alleviates Low Back Pain?

Figure. Cross-section of abdomen

Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy FAQs

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • The Best Core Exercises
  • How Successful is Ultrasound Physiotherapy?
  • Is Ultrasound Retraining the Whole Cure?
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  • What is Helped by Ultrasound Physiotherapy?
  • What is the Latest Research on Ultrasound Retraining?
  • What's the Link Between Pilates and Core Stability?
  • What's Your Core Stability Score?
  • Which are the Deep Core Stability Muscles?

  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy Clinics

    To make your booking, please contact one of the following PhysioWorks clinics that specialise in Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy programs. 

    Ashgrove Physio

    Phone: 3366 4221

    Book Online - 24 hours!

    Clayfield Physio

    Phone: 3862 4544

    Book Online - 24 hours!

    Sandgate Physio

    Phone: 3269 1122

    Book Online - 24 hours!

     

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    Last updated 10-May-2017 01:20 PM

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