Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy

Ultrasound Physiotherapy

John Miller Physiotherapist

Article by John Miller

Ultrasound Physiotherapy

What is Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy?

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could see how your muscles were contracting as you were doing exercises? You can! The technique is called Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy.

Using a diagnostic ultrasound, you can watch your different layers of muscles contract, relax and most importantly, look at their muscle contraction timing. Yes, it’s just like seeing an unborn baby.

Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy Clinics

Please get in touch with one of the following PhysioWorks clinics that provide Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy programs to make your booking.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the following PhysioWorks clinics that provide Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy programs to make your booking.

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What Conditions Benefit from Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy?

Common Ultrasound Physiotherapy Conditions

Ultrasound physiotherapy assists any muscle retraining. The most prevalent conditions that can be helped by real-time ultrasound physiotherapy include:

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 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, feeling the muscle working is fundamental. 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 external two muscles are working rather than the correct muscle.

This visual feedback is where the real-time ultrasound scanner comes into its own. The technique of real-time ultrasound retraining 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 real-time visual feedback enables you to precisely match up what you think you feel with what is happening beneath your skin at that very moment. This feedback makes it much easier for you to correctly do your deep core stability exercises at home, which will quicken the solution to your pain.

For specific advice, whether real-time ultrasound physiotherapy and how it may assist you, please get in touch with one of our real-time ultrasound clinics for individual advice.

John Miller Physiotherapist

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.

Educate You

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.

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