A significant volume of research has highlighted the correlation between weakness in the deep abdominal muscles and chronic lower back pain.
As a result many practitioners have commenced “core stability training” and this catch phrase has now transcended into such activities as personal training and Pilates as well as most therapeutic rehabilitation therapies.
Unfortunately some of the science of core stability training has become lost as practitioners and patients focus on strengthening the abdominal muscles as a whole rather than the transversus abdominis (TA) specifically, which is the key to lumbar stability and ultimately necessary for reducing lower back pain.
Correct identification of the TA is mandatory if the benefit of core training is to be realised and, since the TA muscle is the deepest of the abdominal muscles and its contraction type is that of endurance rather than brute strength, it is very difficult for both patients and practitioners to confidently and correctly identify and engage this muscle in isolation.
With the implementation of real time ultrasound technology at Bodyworks Physiotherapy, the TA can be accurately located and specifically retrained for strength and endurance without the superficial abdominal muscles (internal & external obliques and rectus abdominis) taking over.
Through visual biofeedback both patients and practitioners can be confident that the correct muscle is in use and that the subtly of the contraction is appreciated. A specific exercise programme can then be tailored to guarantee a positive outcome and that the client’s efforts in their rehabilitation are effective. Please mention your interest in the realtime ultrasound assessment for core stability when you make your appointment at Bodyworks Physiotherapy to insure that you are allocated one of our specially trained therapists.