Real Time Ultrasound Retraining
Article by John Miller
Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
Using a diagnostic ultrasound, you and your physiotherapist can observe your different muscles contract and relax, live in real-time.
This visual assessment tool allows your physiotherapist to assess whether your muscles are under or over contracting, plus they can observe and correct your muscle activation recruitment order.
Yes, it's just like viewing an unborn baby, but it's for your muscles!
Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapist
Your specially trained, real-time ultrasound physiotherapist will:
Assess You Thoroughly
Your ultrasound physiotherapist will assess the quality of your specific muscle activation pattern. On the display screen, you'll be able to visualise in real-time and correct your muscle contraction pattern.
Your physiotherapist will:
- Use the ultrasound scanner to explain the various muscles and structures that you can see on the screen.
- Teach you how to watch your muscles contracting, sliding and thickening on the screen.
- Provide you with instructions on how to contract your muscles correctly.
Provide You With Corrective Exercises
Your physiotherapist will prescribe or modify your home exercises to optimise your outcome. Once your ultrasound physiotherapist is happy that you can achieve a proper muscle contraction in isolation, they may introduce more sophisticated tasks to challenge your contraction control.
The type of exercise program is dependent upon each patient and your sporting, work or recreational demands. As you advance through the progressively more challenging exercise stages, you can see an improvement in the strength and stability of the spine.