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.
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!’
What is involved?
The first part of the session will be information gathering. You’ll be asked about your running history, training programme, what else you do and what you goals are along with lots of medical questions. Next we look at your movement ability, this involves a series of tests to ascertain where they may be weaknesses or limitations in patterns of movement. Finally, you’ll be videoed running at a comfortable pace on the treadmill. Observing the video will highlight areas that can be improved or may be contributing to ongoing injuries. From all the information gathered you’ll be given a series of exercises and running drills to do to work on improving the problem areas. Physiotherapy and gait reeducation is never an exact science so you’ll be seen for follow up appointments to see how those changes are effecting you and if you need to work on other elements as you improve and change.
90 min session – £90
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