Real Time Ultrasound
The real time ultrasound is a valid and reliable way to view the bladder, pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. This non-invasive method is a great way for patients to visualise their pelvic floor moving and activating in the correct way. A probe is placed on the abdomen and an image of the underlying layers of muscle can be seen on the screen. We then go through several different activation techniques to watch the muscle moving and pinpoint which cue works best for your pelvic floor.
Unlike your biceps, it is difficult to feel or see your pelvic floor working, so it can be hard to know just how to activate it. Have you ever been to a Pilates or Yoga class and had no idea what to do when the instructor tells you to “turn your core on”; like it’s some mystical super power that we are all just meant to know about.
If you’re unsure about your pelvic floor exercises, think you’re doing them incorrectly or just want to learn more, then the real time ultrasound can be a helpful tool for you.
Real time ultrasound is an external, pain free and safe assessment tool that can be performed in a standard 30 minute consultation. The ultrasound technology we use is the same technology as that is used in prenatal pregnancy.