What is a biomechanical assessment?
Fundamentally, this is the analysis of how you move. Understanding the mechanics of your movement can have an influential role in injury prevention, addressing current injuries and performance enhancement. It is particularly helpful if you get pain with activities such as walking and/or running. We can correlate how movement at your back, pelvis, knees and feet may be causing pain.
How can a biomechanical assessment help me?
Injuries such as ITB syndrome, runner’s knee, achilles tendinopathy or plantar fasciitis can be caused by how you move. Changing your foot strike, what position you hold your hips in or the angle of your knee can influence how much pressure goes through different parts of your body. For example, if you change from a heel striker to the forefoot striker, it will considerably increase the load through your calf but reduce the load through your knee. This may be beneficial for someone suffering with knee pain.
What happens during my Biomechanical Assessment at Flawless Physio?
Like any form of consultation, we take a detailed history of your symptoms to allow us to gain a thorough understanding of how we can help you. We will assess how you move via slow motion video capture. We will look at your strength, flexibility and mobility and then we will discuss different options that may be viable for you. We may change how you walk or run, followed by a strengthening and/or mobility programme to compliment this. You will receive videos of all of your exercises and a synopsis of our findings.
After a period of 3-4 weeks, we will have a follow up to progress your exercises. Re-video you moving to make sure you are maintaining the changes that we made in clinic on your first appointment.
Our goal is for you to leave with a better understanding of how you move as an individual, allowing you to understand why you are incurring biomechanical injuries and how to overcome them. We pride ourselves in giving you the tools to become injury free, therefore reducing the risk of re-occurrences so you are not dependent on us.
If you would like to speak to one of our specialist about whether a Biomechanical Assessment may be beneficial for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us.