Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves and their echoes. The technique is similar to the echolocation used by bats and SONAR used by submarines.
The same safe, Real Time Ultrasound imaging that is used in pregnancy is now used by us to assess and retrain correct muscle function of spinal support muscles in patients with back and postural pain.
The ultrasound machine transmits sound waves using an external hand-held probe. The sound waves travel into your body until they hit a boundary between the tissues (eg. between soft tissue and bone). Some of the sound waves get reflected back to the probe, while some travel on further until they reach another boundary and get reflected. Reflected waves are then picked up by the probe and relayed back to the machine. The machine calculates the distance from the probe to the boundaries using the speed of sound in tissue and the time of the each echo's return. The distances and intensities of the echoes are displayed on the screen, forming a moving two dimensional image.
Real Time Ultrasound allows us and you to see the spinal support muscles whilst they are working in real time inside of you.
This immediate visual feedback improves your ability to learn to control your stabilising muscles, speeding up recovery time and producing a longer, more curative outcome for chronic back pain.
Using the Real Time Ultrasound your spinal muscle function will be assessed and you will be shown any anomalies, if present. You will be introduced to new ways of using your muscles and will be able to see the changes occuring in real time.
After a week or two of incorporating the new techniques into your exercises and daily activities we will reassess to check your progress and adjust performance. Once good technique is achieved it becomes as natural as any other movements and further treatment is usually not required.