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 can take 2 hours.
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!’