We offer our patients real-time ultrasound scans so they can see how well certain muscles are working.
The difference this makes to rehabilitation is astonishing. Real-time ultrasound allows you to see live pictures of the deep abdominal and spinal muscles and how well they are working. This can help you understand the function of key muscles and improve your ability to effectively perform exercises, making sure you are strengthening the right muscles.
The ability to retrain these muscles is key in treating certain types of low back pain and assists in reducing pain, improving function and preventing future injuries. Even the strongest of people can be using their muscles incorrectly so real-time ultrasound is useful for everyone!
The immediacy we get whilst using real time ultrasound means that patients can progress with their rehabilitation there and then and can witness their improvements first hand.
In simple terms a muscle imbalance in when muscles (or groups of muscles) attached to either side of a joint (that usually work against one another to control the normal position and movement of the joint) do not have equal strength, length and/or activity. This results in the part of the body effected being pulled out of its normal position.
Typically, treatment involves direct mobilisation of the joints involved, most often the top 3 vertebra of the neck. This is combined with Myofascial (muscles and soft tissue) mobilisation and specific muscle strengthening and specific postural alignment retraining.
This is why, in order to be truly effective, the Physio has to have a good understanding of the inter-relation of these systems and be able to treat accordingly. This is also why any approach that just focuses only on treating the symptoms is unlikely to be effective in the medium to long term.
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