Gait analysis looks at the movement patterns of walking and running. These complex patterns are determined by:
- Joint Mobility
- Muscle Flexibility, Stability and Strength
- Neuro-Muscular Control
By analyzing walking or running biomechanically, we can identify which areas require improvement.
During the one hour analysis you will be asked to run or walk on a treadmill whilst the Physiotherapist assesses the movement pattern:
- From all angles
- From head to toe including all joints
- Analyzing the chain reaction that occurs with each step or stride
- Using a recorded video that allows for slow motion analysis and review
Following the gait analysis the Physiotherapist will:
- Explain to you exactly what is going well and what is not going so well on the video footage in real time and slow motion
- Assess the specific areas of the body that have been identified as effecting your gait
With this valuable information, the Physiotherapist will:
- Devise a specific exercise programme for you
- Devise specific running drills to reinforce and carry over the new movement patterns
- Make footwear recommendations, based on the shape of your foot and how it reacts upon impact, and in response to gravity and momentum
These three components will:
- Optimize the biomechanics of your body
- Enable you to move more efficiently and effectively
- Reinforce and integrate the new pattern during walking and running
It is important that you bring along to your assessment:
- Your usual running trainers as well as insoles that you may wear.
The physiotherapist may advise follow up appointments for hands-on treatment or to progress the prescribed exercises.
Our aim is to return you to walking or running as quickly and as pain free as possible and to prevent further injury.