Musculo-Skeletal Ultrasound Imaging and You
Biofeedback - the giving of immediate information about his bodily processes, (such as heart rate), which are usually unconscious. These processes can then be subject to operant conditioning.
The Adur Osteopathic Clinic can now offer Real-Time Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging.
Best known for visualizing babies in the womb, the use of ultrasound imaging in musculo-skeletal medicine and therapy is relatively new, but expanding rapidly.
The technique is safe and non-invasive, as demonstrated by its use in obstetric medicine. At this clinic, its principal use will be in showing you, on a screen, how selected abdominal and spinal muscles are working whilst Andrew Bellamy instructs you on appropriate exercises.
Two of the most important muscles that we can image are the Transverse abdominus muscle, (TrA), in the side of the abdomen and the Multifidus in the spine. These are two of the most important muscles targeted by Pilates Instructors and are very important for Core Stability.
The benefit is that the patient is able to make a connection between what they are feeling and what they are seeing. This is an example of BIO-FEEDBACK, where, in this case, a physical action is reinforced by a visual memory.
You do NOT need to be undergoing treatment to make use of this service - simply make an appointment and call in for a 15 minute session.
For those who are receiving osteopathic or physiotherapy treatment at the clinic, the technique can help in improving recovery from lower back injuries by reinforcing exercise advice.
OTHER AREAS FOR IMAGING
It is also possible to image other muscles, such as hamstrings, quadriceps and calf muscles, if we suspect tears or strains. While this does not lead to a full diagnosis in itself, the images support our normal diagnostic methods. Injuries to the muscles and tendons of the shoulder are common, especially in sports, and early diagnosis is essential. Ultrasound Imaging can help in coming to a diagnosis, speeding treatment and healing.
In addition we are able to follow the progress of tears as they heal, so you can see it 'for real'. One benefit of this is that getting back to sport can be done with much more confidence.
BENEFITS OF CORE MUSCLE IMAGING
There are many benefits of this new technique:
- SHORT ASSESSMENT SESSION ( about 15mins)
- ACCOMPANYING EXERCISE ADVICE
- PILATES - BE CONFIDENT THAT YOU ARE DOING YOUR EXERCISES PROPERLY.
- NO UNDRESSING (we just need to expose your side and lower back)
- ANY MEASUREMENTS TAKEN CAN BE COMPARED LATER (After exercise, perhaps!)
- YOUR IMAGES E-MAILED (motion video takes some time to process, so we may ask you to drop by with a flash drive at some point after your scan- videos are approx 16Mb).
Andrew Bellamy is a Registered Osteopath with over 30 years of healthcare experience, nearly 20 years in Osteopathy.