Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis

What is it?

Gait analysis involves recording your whole body movement and style whilst travelling at different speeds on a treadmill. Digital technology is used to record and analyse this movement and from there a detailed programme is formulated to address any problem areas. It is used in conjunction with an assessment of strength, flexibility, and muscle balance so a full session takes 90 mins.

At KHPhysiotherapy the first hour involves an assessment of activity levels, walking and/or running ability followed by a physical assessment to assess range of movement through the whole body. You will then start your run/walk on the treadmill and be videoed from several angles. The treadmill speed is set within your range of ability. During this session we will work on a few simple cues to change and improve your running/walking efficiency and style. You will then leave with a personalised plan with aspects of strength training as well as exercises that will target any weaknesses. Follow ups are usually shorter sessions to check on progress and confirm that the style change is being maintained. The onus is on you to follow the plan to change things for the better.

Who may benefit?

Gait analysis can be useful for runners, athletes who run as part of their sport, or any athlete wishing to recover from injury or improve their performance. It may also benefit patients recovering from a stroke, patients with poor balance and coordination and adults who walk as a hobby and occasionally find themselves in pain . Many people think of themselves as running or walking with a particular style and it’s often a shock to watch footage of their gait and find out this isn’t the case. Gait analysis can benefit runners right at the beginning of their journey or those with many years of experience. After all….’We’re never to old to learn!’

ideal for;

  • Runners with recurring injuries
  • Anyone experiencing pain when walking
  • Runners wishing to improve performance
  • People recovering from neurological conditions

FAQ's

What is Gait?

A gait is someones manner of walking or running. It can be broken down into component parts and analysed.

How might it help me?

When a person walks or runs their muscles and joints move in a series of ways. Any pathology, injury or restrictions can effect how the muscles or joints work causing a change in the persons gait. It may be that pain in the foot causes a slight limp or weakness around the pelvis causes one side to drop when a person is moving forward. Being able to observe someones gait can show where the problems may come from which in turn allows for a very individual rehab programme. You dont have to be a runner to benefit from gait analysis

What do I wear?

Ideally shorts that are tight fitting and a tight fitting top that is a different colour to the shorts. This allows the observer to see the upper body, hips and lower limbs. Bring trainers.

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