Core stability refers to the strength and coordination of a group of muscles located deep in the Abdominal wall and the back, namely the Transversus Abdominus and Multifidus.
These muscles act like a corset and attach at each segment of your spine. The deep muscles, with assistance from your pelvic floor muscles, create a muscular type corset to provide stability and control for your lumbar spine.
Real-Time ultrasound involves using live images to identify and analyse your core muscles, see how well you are able to control them and help to isolate them for optimal spinal stabilisation. We use the information to provide essential feedback to the patient on whether the muscles are contracting correctly with correct sequencing and timing.
Once this most basic element has been established, patients will be able to utilise these muscles more efficiently for all their functional or sporting needs. They should then be able to incorporate hip, trunk and shoulder strengthening and flexibility into your program for effective prevention and rehabilitative exercises to help control lower back pain.
Lower back pain or injury inhibits these stabilising muscles resulting in the larger trunk muscles having to control the spine and often compressing the vertebrae or discs aggravating their condition. If left too long, these conditions can cause further wear of the joints, causing degenerative changes of the spine.
Reactivation and correct isolation of the core spinal muscles is paramount for breaking the recurrent low back pain cycle suffered from many and recovering from injury.