What is a Biomechanical Assessment?
A Biomechanical Assessment is the analysis of human movement. It assists the therapist to assess issues of pain that may be associated with inefficient movement or simply to help improve performance whether you're an athlete or non-athlete.
Why choose a Biomechanical Assessment?
A Biomechanical Assessment allows the therapist to look closely for abnormalities and compensatory movement patterns that may be caused by injury such as back pain, hip pain, knee pain or another underlying issue.
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The benefits of Biomechanical Assessment
There are many benefits of having a Biomechanical Assessment particularly if you are experiencing reoccurring injury issues or pain in one or more areas of the body. It can help assess injuries that may be caused by repetitive movements such as running, swimming, cycling or injuries that you may not recall injuring or it can be used towards improving sports performance. Crucially it can be helpful in identifying the underlying cause of the problem to help correct the cause of the problem. Common Injuries (although not exhaustive) include:
Suboptimal athletic performance
Recurrent muscle strains
Ligament sprains (e.g. ankle sprains and instability)
General aches and pains
Back and hip pain
Leg or muscle pain
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What does it involve?
A Biomechanical Assessment involves a gait analysis (such as walking, running or cycling pattern) either by eye or from our video analysis Dartfish system. Our state of the art video analysis enables us to slow down your movement patterns to closely observe and identify the cause of the problem. To help assess your joint range of motion and muscle strength and flexibility a series of musculoskeletal tests and measurements are also performed.
Following assessment, a proposed individualised course of treatment will be provided giving options where appropriate which will be discussed with you. This may include a programme of exercises or advice on footwear to help address or correct the problem to prevent the likelihood of future injuries.
Individuals that have been recommended by a health professional (i.e GP) due to an existing injury are strongly advised to bring any reports or information relating to the injury or condition. If you are a runner we recommend that you bring along your usual running shoes and a pair of shorts. For any other sporting problems we advise athletes to bring along their usual sports gear (i.e bike, racket) that may be related to the problem. For people that have lower limb issues at work we advise that you bring along your usual workwear shoes.