Watching how you walk and move can be the key to unlocking the cause of your symptoms, particularly in cases of re-occurring injury or longstanding pain. Using a combination of assessment techniques we can quickly identify weak links, faulty movement patterns and compensations in your body that may be driving your symptoms. Often these can be far away from your site of pain.
It is also important for you to understand your pain/injury in order to make the changes required for recovery. Using video analysis to slow down and capture where things may be going wrong can help you understand which areas can be improved. This proves invaluable for both rehabilitation and training to ensure you maximise your time spent and see the best results.
I will take a full history taking particular interest in any previous trauma, injury or illness that you may have experienced. I will watch and video you walk/run to analyse how you move and ask you to perform certain movements to help form a complete picture. I will then use a combination of manual therapy, movement and exercise to get you moving better. There will always be a small component of ‘homework’ which is necessary to create lasting changes.
Gait and movement analysis is extremely effective for anyone suffering ongoing pain or re-occuring injury , or indeed for those wanting to move better and learn more about their bodies potential. It is definitely not reserved for runners or those from an athletic background. Walking is something we all do day in day out and our feet are our contact point with the world around us. We need to pay attention to them!
Anatomy in Motion is a powerful methodology which uses gait analysis and movement assessment to understand why the body is in pain. It was created by Gary Ward who developed a model to be able to analyse what each joint in the body is doing at each phase of the gait cycle. It is a whole body approach that is invaluable in understanding and resolving ongoing issues.
The way we move is a memory bank formed from the experiences of our life. Every injury or experience we have can leave a lasting print on how we move, which can affect us throughout the entire kinetic chain. By analysing movement we can unwind these faulty patterns and restore the body’s optimal natural alignment. Sometimes we are reprogramming long ingrained habits that take time for the brain to accept, but the commitment is always worth it to experience lasting pain free movement.
More information on this approach can be found at Finding Centre