Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) for Core Strengthening, Pelvic Floor Strengthening and Back Pain in Olinda
What is it?
It is the use of a diagnostic ultrasound machine, in real time, to assess muscle and ligament function within the body. All of our physiotherapists are trained extensively in the use of RTUS to assess and rehabilitate injuries, instability and weakness issues. The flow on effects are huge from even just one session of RTUS – strengthening programs such as Pilates become even more effective once those core muscles are activated properly form the start!
Who benefits from it?
Anyone who requires core stability and/or pelvic floor muscle restrengthening, including people with:
– lower back pain
– disc or degenerative issues of the spine and hip
– gluteal tendonitis / tendinopathy
– pelvic instability
– sacro-iliac joint issues
– leg and pelvic overuse injuries (e.g. osteitis pubis in athletes)
– pre- and post-natal
– Women’s Health (eg. Pelvic Floor weakness / incontinence)
– Hypertonic (overactive) Pelvic Floor
We work individually with clients to teach how to effectively switch on and off ‘core’ and pelvic floor muscles, then build up these muscles through a progressive exercise regime. RTUS is crucial in allowing us to actually see if the correct muscles are switching on, and if so, if they are switching on in the rightsequence. It is also great for clients to see their muscles switch on – we find that this visual cue creates a strong image in the brain which translates well to ‘muscles memory’; i.e. clients can activate their weakened muscles much better after even one session of RTUS.
“51% of women can’t exercise their pelvic floor muscles effectively when asked to verbally”, Bump et al. 1991.
Anecdotally, we find that an even higher percentage of clients with lower back or pelvic pain cannot effectively activate their core muscles with activity, leaving them at a greater risk of further injury.
What should I do beforehand?
DON’T empty your bladder just prior to the session if you are having your core muscles assessed – we will need to look at the pelvic floor muscles through your abdomen and these are only visible when the bladder is not empty. A small glass of water 10-15 min beforehand should be enough for instance.
What happens during a session? Check out the video that explains the session here
RTUS requires an extended 40min session, during which our physiotherapists will guide the client in switching on the muscles which they wish to assess. We use normal aqueous ultrasound gel under the ultrasound head (just like a normal ultrasound during pregnancy for instance). The ultrasound is not invasive or internal – even so, we offer female physiotherapists for Women’s Health issues and for female clients in general.
After the session, the client will be given a set of exercises to practice activating the targeted muscles. Often a follow up RTUS session is required around two weeks later, during which time a series of physiotherapy sessions may be required to release muscle and joint tightness around the region.
What is the cost and how do I book in?
The cost is the same as our extended sessions, as it takes a little longer than a normal physio session.
Just call us and we’ll try to fit you in ASAP for a RTUS session – you have nothing to lose except you core or pelvic muscle weakness!
Call us on 9751 0400 to book your session with our physiotherapists in Olinda, Dandenong Ranges.