Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging
As leading physiotherapists covering Auckland’s Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Pt Chev areas, Bodyreform uses an advanced ultrasound imaging device to visualize muscles in real-time. This allows our physio team to assess the quality of muscle contractions, muscle timing and muscle endurance.
Why do physiotherapists use ultrasound imaging as part of their treatment? Ultrasound imaging used to rehabilitate muscles is a post graduate skill and a service offered by Bodyreform as a unique service to our physio client.
Assessing with real-time ultrasound ascertains which muscles are contracting and in which order. How much effort is being used and endurance is also identified (how long can you hold the contraction for).
Ultrasound is used at the abdominal wall, pelvic floor, posterior lower back, neck or cervical spine, hips and shoulders. The team at Bodyreform are travelling internationally for advance training in Ultrasound Imaging In July 2017.
Benefits of using Real Time Ultrasound includes:
- Non-invasive technique
- Safe, no side effects
- Easily accessible, and
- Reliable, providing very efficient and visual muscle contraction imagery and improved clinical results.
Advanced ultrasound imaging to visualize muscles in real-time.
Treatment Of a Wide Variety Of Conditions
Ultrasound imaging can be used successfully to observe and treat many common musculoskeletal conditions, including:
- Shoulder pain as a result of muscle imbalance or balance around the chest and middle back.
- Low back pain as a result of loss of correct muscle activation and endurance.
- Hip pain. Ultrasound is used to ensure activation of key stabilising muscles are working following cartilage tears, hip pain and arthritis
- Pelvic floor. Determining or assessing the two muscle groups of your pelvic floor are contracting or compensating ie are they working correctly or do they altered working patterns.
Accelerate your learning and understanding and get you on the right track. We will often use the real-time ultrasound machine on your first visit. This will also be used during the course of your treatment to further re-access and educate muscle memory, strength and endurance.
How Ultrasound Imaging Works
Ultrasound imaging directs non-invasive, high‐frequency sound waves to scan the muscle tissues of the body. The sound waves reflect off these tissues and are captured to produce detailed, real-time images of the tissues.
By allowing our physio team to observe the movement of your muscle tissues in real time, ultrasound imaging enables us to make a complete and thorough assessment of your deep abdominals and pelvic floor to ascertain the cause of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
As a result, the visual feedback of the muscle function that the ultrasound scan provides enables your physiotherapist to establish a clear diagnosis and design a specific treatment programme tailored to your unique musculoskeletal condition.
An ultrasound scan can be used to assess and treat the muscles that support your lumbar spine, pelvis, hips and shoulders.
When doing an ultrasound assessment, therapists can look at the behaviour of these muscles at rest, during movement or contraction.
If you have a history of such issues as back or pelvic girdle pain, urinary incontinence, shoulder pain, hip pain or if you have been pregnant, muscles may not be working properly. It’s essential to retrain muscles to help you recover normal movement and movement control in a pain free range.
Ultrasound imaging enables your Bodyreform therapist to:
- Look at muscle contraction. (which muscles are working too hard or not enough)
- Muscle endurance
- Educate you and provide visual feedback, on your specific muscle dysfunction
- Physiotherapy treatment using the ultrasound machine
- Monitor progress in rehabilitation to ensure that changes to treatment are made at the optimum times and in the most effective way
Clients at Bodyreform who present with lumbar spine pain or pelvic floor dysfunctions have benefited greatly from real-time ultrasound imaging being used as part of their assessment and treatment.
Why use real-time ultrasound during physiotherapy?
Having a strong core means that all the muscles in the trunk of your body are strong and flexible, and are working together to support and stabilize the spine. Your ability to identify and strengthen your core abdominals is crucial for spinal rehabilitation.
The tranversus abdominus multifidus (corset muscles around your lower back) and multifidus muscles (pieces of eye fillet steak either side of the bony parts of your lower spine) attach locally to the lumbar to give us core spinal stability. These muscles are an important component of our core or ‘cylinder of stability’.
Unfortunately, these spine-stabilizing muscles switch off after back pain lasting more a couple of days. When this happens, these muscles need to be retrained and strengthened to function properly.
Bodyreform is ACC Physiotherapy registered, so we’ll take care of the documentation for you. No referral is required, so all you need to do is pick up the phone, send us an email or book online – whichever is easier for you.