Real Time Ultrasound Imaging
Real Time Ultrasound Imaging (RTUS) is a technology used by physical therapists in research and clinical environments to assess if muscles are contracting effectively and for the client to actually see their muscles contract during static and dynamic activities. Research has established that the muscles of the pelvic floor, transverse abdominis (TA) and deep fibers of the Multifidus (dMF) are key muscles for continence, spine stability, pain prevention and daily function. Since there are other muscles that lie over the dMF and TA, simply touching or looking at the spine or abdomen cannot confirm proper contraction of these key muscles. RTUS enables the client and clinician assurance that the muscles are contracting effectively at rest and during dynamic activities.