Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) at Trimetrics : The benefits for therapists and our patients!

Kirsten Stalberg, Registered Physiotherapist, assesses the abdominal /core muscles of a patient complaining of lower back and hip pain

Kirsten Stalberg, Registered Physiotherapist, assesses the abdominal /core muscles of a patient complaining of lower back and hip pain

Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) at Trimetrics : The benefits for therapists and our patients!

For the past 2 years our physiotherapists have loved the information that our ultrasound studies have yielded about what is actually happening in our patients’ abdominal, pelvic floor and deep spine muscle systems.
This information has greatly improved the precision of the training that Pilates teachers can provide and has resulted in more pain free, strong and very satisfied clients, both male and female.

Real Time Ultrasound is now integral part of our physiotherapy assessment of the spine and pelvis at Trimetrics, with no extra cost to our patients.
It is non invasive and takes about 30 minutes to survey the muscles with a probe similar to that used in hospitals to look at the abdomen.

We also offer it as a consultation service for other physiotherapists, kinesiologists, athletic therapists and personal trainers as this technology is not readily available in most clinics.

A real time ultrasound assessment can benefit you if:

– You are working hard at your “core training” but not getting results you want, especially if reduction of back pain and weakness is one of your goals.

– You may not actually be accessing those specific muscles that you need to be training to get the results you need and want. Proof is how many patients come to see us, frustrated, with exactly this complaint.

– You have had a baby (or two!) and you have a diastasis (separation of your rectus abdominus muscles), internal birth trauma, or overstretched pelvic floor muscles. RTUS will help you and we see if there has been scar tissue created that could affect your training ability, a muscle with deep bands of scar (fibrotic) tissue cannot be as fully trained as one without scarring.

– You have had back surgery; your deep core and spine muscles will be weakened as a result of pain and lack of correct use. RTUS can assess which ones exactly need to be targeted so your rehab is customized to your personal needs and spine demands. We can also do this pre surgically so we have a head start post op.

– You have had a CHRONIC lower back problem. Research has shown that with the very first episode of lower back pain or injury that we lose 30% of the multifidus muscle immediately. This does NOT come back unless specifically trained. You can imagine that this residual weakness can set you up for repeated injuries on that side over time if not addressed.

– You are suffering from bladder weakness, urgency, incontinence, uterine or bladder prolapse. You will most definitely have undergone lengthening of your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles. This leads to weakness of the pelvic floor suspension system. Being able to see these on the screen will hugely help you to activate them correctly with your physiotherapist cueing you on the spot. This is known as “biofeedback“ and is a powerful visual learning experience for you to use your eyes to help to fire up the muscles what WILL make the difference.

Please visit www.rtuspt.com for more info and wonderful images.

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