Running Gait Analysis
"I don't run unless I'm being chased"
"Running is hard, and hurts"
"I'm unable to improve my endurance or pace when running"
Does this sound like you? What if we told you that running doesn't have to hurt and it doesn't have to be hard. What if we told you that developing a proper running technique was a guaranteed one way ticket to improving posture, better breathing, moving strongly and decreasing your risk of injury? What if we allow ourselves a higher standard in running, and what if that higher standard permeated every other part of our life?
Gait analysis is the systematic study of human motion and is used to assess the way we walk or run to highlight biomechanical abnormalities. Biomechanical problems are usually caused by muscular imbalances (tight muscles working against weak muscles), although they can sometimes be caused by structural problems, such as leg length discrepancies resulting in hip hiking.
Many injuries are often caused, at least in part, by poor biomechanics. Runners and athletes whose sports require a high level of running and jumping should make sure they have had a gait analysis and buy the correct footwear to avoid future overuse injuries.
A Running Gait Analysis can assist with:
- Creating a more efficient running technique
- Decrease risk of injury
- Increase enjoyment of running
What will your running gait analysis involve?
We will first discuss your injury history, training routine and goals. We will then capture high definition video footage of your running form, analyse the footage and provide you with results and feedback including approaches to improving your running form. We will then capture another video recording of your running gait after correction. Then using a split screen make a simultaneous ‘before and after’ comparison. Since most people are visual learners, we have found this method to be very effective. Depending on the outcome of the gait analysis, we might recommend training sessions, strength and flexibility screening or manual therapy or referral to a podiatrist if required.
If you have running shoes that are worn, we would ask that you bring them with you as this will assist with our assessment.