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We assess your running technique, give you individual feedback and find the best way for you to move:
- We identify faulty mechanics using video equipment to help you understand what caused your injury.
- Identify areas of weakness that could be the cause of this mechanical change.
- Use inclines to control load and understand your reaction to hills.
- We will give you an individualised plan that includes exercises and ‘cues’ for you to remember when you are running. This feedback promotes the ability for change but will be withdrawn slowly to make your running natural and ‘free’.
A female recreational runner presented with long term anterior knee pain. Over the years she has dealt with the pain and altered her running style accordingly. With no symptoms at rest, the subjective and objective assessment was suggesting patella femoral joint syndrome as prolonged sitting and walking downstairs aggravates the symptoms.
Objective assessment showed overactive hamstrings on leg extension and, poor firing patterns as well as weak glute medius and minimus. The patient experienced altered mechanics while running to the extent that the medial aspect of the foot brushed the contralateral side of the swing through phase of gait. My assessment of the knee and hip was thorough, although the ankle assessment was only using active movements. No abnormalities were detected.
On the treadmill after the warm up, it was evident that I was looking for alterations of mechanics at the hip and knee. Weak gluteus medius and minimus was my rationale for the incorrect gait, but this was only half the cause. The gait analysis helped me elicit the problem was also due to tibialis anterior weakness at the ankle, causing the ‘chewing gum’ gait.
This use of functional equipment and technique is very important in thoroughly assessing athletes and the cause of injury or overload.
Corrective exercise programmes will be used to improve your mechanics and reduce your symptoms. You can book a running gait analysis session in Southampton.