Biomechanical Assessment

Sometimes, injury and pain occurs for no known reason and just won't go away. Or you recover and then along comes another niggle!

This is where the Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis fits in, aiming to find the exact cause of foot, ankle, knee, hip or back pain.

Stop Chasing Pain !

How many times have you released the same tight spot with a tennis ball, specific stretch or foam roller? Have you ever wondered why the same spots repeatedly become tight or painful? Or, if you have sought treatment for chronic pain or an injury, how often do practitioners go straight to the site of pain? Or you feel better for a few days after the treatment and then the pain returns?

Unfortunately, ‘chasing pain’ by specifically treating the site of pain is what dominates most of today’s healthcare industry. It’s based around a flawed, out of date concept. The idea that if something hurts, there must be damage or inflammation in the tissue.

The truth is, the site of pain is rarely the true problem. The site of pain is often simply the physical evidence that the body is compensating for something, and is therefore no longer balanced. Identifying how and why your body is compensating, and then correcting these patterns, is our primary goal.

Dean Glozier and his team at The Biomechanics Centre will carry out a comprehensive assessment of the structure, alignment, movement and function of your body.

No two feet are the same !

Your feet provide the foundations for your entire body. You can also think of them like the keyboards of a computer, activated with movement and sending signals to the rest of the body. Standing, walking or running on hard, flat, unnatural surfaces however creates low grade repetitive movement, dysfunction and displacement within the feet. This leads to inefficient movement patterns and complex compensations during gait.

Often the structure and function of one foot is different to the other. For example, one foot may over- pronate, whilst the other over- supinates. This can result in functional leg length differences and postural imbalances creating a series of compensations in the complex body structure above them. It is one of the many reasons why some modern running shoes actually disrupt foot function, inhibiting muscles and can lead to injury and pain.

At the Biomechanics centre we look at each foot as an individual and how it relates to the whole of you.

Interconnections

Every part of you is intrinsically interconnected and imbalances anywhere in the body can create a series of compensations elsewhere. A leg length discrepancy, muscle imbalances e.g a weak glute caused by a tight hip flexor allowing the pelvis to rotate on one side creating an internal leg rotation, a valgus knee and over pronation of the foot. Muscle mis-firing patterns, joint dysfunction etc. Stretching or massaging tight hamstrings may be counter productive for some people especially if they are compensating for weakness elsewhere. In which case identifying the cause is critical. A Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis will aim to piece the jigsaw together and understand fully and exactly what is happening and what we can do to restore balance and improve function.

Your body represents the journey of your life. Previous injuries, traumatic experiences, postural / lifestyle habits and developmental learning etc, all help shape you into the person you are today. Your body / lifestyle holds all the clues as to why things may not be functioning 100%. Our job is to read those clues and together come up with an effective plan to get things sorted ASAP.

Treatment

Treatment may include joint mobilisation and manipulation, neuro musclular balancing techniques, fascial release, footwear guidance, corrective exercise and foot Orthotics if required. We provide a wide range of Orthotics and are very proud of our 3D optical foot laser scanner which captures precise models of your feet and transmits the data directly to the lab where Orthotics are manufactured using CAD CAM technology.