What is Gait Analysis?
Gait analysis uses video cameras to study how we move. It is an in-depth assessment of the personal characteristics or biomechanics of how somebody walks or runs. This type of movement observation is particularly useful in helping people to move more efficiently and prevent pain from occurring on the go. Posture related or movement problems can be identified and then addressed to reduce injury and improve performance.
Advances in modern video equipment has made motion analysis much easier to deliver in a clinical setting and what was once only available to elite athletes in biomechanics laboratories is now more widely available to all. At SNHC we capture a series of short video clips while you run or walk on our treadmill, these clips are then analysed using slow motion software. Joint angles can then be measured and subtle deviations in alignment of the whole body spotted. The process takes about an hour and then recommendations can be made to fine tune your individual running/walking style to reduce injury and enhance performance.
Who may it benefit?
Video Gait Analysis may benefit everyone that wants to move better. It can highlight areas of restricted mobility, muscle weakness and joint instabilities, so that specific corrective exercise can be targeted to areas of interest to improve technique and general robustness. Gait analysis is beneficial to people of all ages and helps to improve functional ability and reduce pain. It is especially useful for finding answer to problems if you get pain when you walk or run.
Examples of who it may help:
This may include runners suffering from Iliotibial Band symptoms and Piriformis Syndrome to less active people with a painful knee or an Achilles tendon problem. It can benefit walkers with plantarfascitis or back pain and can also help people with osteoarthritis of a joint to improve pain and reduce symptom progression. It can also be useful to recover function after spine, hip or knee surgery.
Practitioners who provide this treatment include: