Low back pain is different in all patients, its unique to everyone just like our fingerprints.
Naturally, if we all have unique features – we require a tailored treatment plan to help treat our individual issues.
myPhysioSA Adelaide is lucky to have on site the unique system that is ViMove by DorsaVi. The ViMove system is a relatively new way for physios to assess and treat their patients. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but gives physios much more information about how a person moves. But more importantly, it gives us definitive numbers, visual representation and instant feedback to how someone moves and therefore be able to source and pinpoint the areas of pain.
The most common injury that physios use the ViMove for is diagnosing low back pain.
It places sensors on your pelvis and top of your lumbar spine and measures to the nearest degree how much movement you are getting as well as to know how you are moving.
Take a look at this link to find out how the assessment is performed.
The assessment measures 3 movements or a 5 second snapshot to get a good idea of how the person moves.
From this, the system generates a report which analyses the movements performed.
We print this out for our patients to keep, most importantly the report tells the physio how they can target their treatment and prescribe an exercise program more appropriately.
This method is more tailored to meet the patient’s needs.
Depending on the information captured by the ViMove system – the physio can be told wether patients need to strengthen their core muscles or require more mobility focused exercises, the possibilities are determined by the patients individual requirements. This link further demonstrates the types of information that the ViMove Reports can provide.
Having an initial session with the ViMove system, allows a reassessment session to be more meaningful. We can see how successful a treatment plan is by seeing if there is more pain free movement, improved range of motion, or better movement patterns since commencing treatment.
At times people can struggle to understand their bodies and try to perform movements taught by the physiotherapist.
The ViMove system also has the option of playing simple games, which have been created to help a person move through their poor movement pattern. For example pelvic tilting is a movement many people struggle to grasp the concept of. The purpose of one of the games is to dissociate the pelvic movement to trunk movement. Depending on the issue, it can be performed in sitting or standing, depending on where the problem lies. Here is an example of how the pelvic tilt game works.
The game uses a hang glider to represent the pelvis, and asks the patient to tilt their pelvis to negotiate their way through hoops or markers on the screen.
After having this type of visual feedback and also experiencing what the ViMove system can do, it can be the “light bulb” moment for patients to make the association with their body and how it should correctly move to complete the exercises.
The ViMove is still a relatively new system and it now not only backed up by therapists that have used it – but clinical research from use of the system shows the possbilities and future applications that the system can be used for. Click here for ViMove’s latest research article.
Overall, the ViMove system can be a useful tool in helping diagnose and more effectively treat your low back pain.
The technology allows the physio to provide more specific treatment and allows the patient to receive a visual representation of where their pain is coming from.
For more information on the ViMove system and more importantly, how it works – please visit DorsaVi’s website.
ViMove Assesments are available at myPhysioSA North Adelaide and Mount Barker with physiotherapist Donny Saleh.
For more information or to book please contact us.
Donny Saleh, myPhysioSA & SANFL Physiotherapist