Real-time Biofeedback using Ultrasonography

Ever wonder if you are activating your core when you exercise?

At Hands On Health Care Clinic we use a real-time ultrasound machine, so we can watch your different layers of core muscles contract and relax. Together we can see how well they hold the contraction while you exercise. You get immediate feedback on how to activate your core and the best tension to hold the contraction. Visually getting the feedback will help you to get the most out of your yoga and pilates. Using ultrasonic biofeedback has been shown to create significant improvements in Internal oblique abdominis and lumbar multifidus muscle after intervention (J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Dec)

core muscles

What are we looking for when we use biofeedback?

Biofeedback helps us learn to control our muscles as we can visually see them doing the work. This assists us in making sure we are activating the correct muscles and not recruiting nearby muscles to do the work. We are looking the activation of external oblique, internal oblique and transverse abdominis. It is important to learn to activate these muscles and not our rectus abdominis known as our ‘six-pack’. Transverse abdominis is responsible for stabilising the lumbar spine and pelvic girdle. It is active during pelvic floor contraction and breathing. Transverse abdominis helps improve posture, neck position, muscle balance and stabilisation of the spine during movement.

Biofeedback Ultrasound


May 7, 2018
Georgina Smith