The Sport & performing Arts Injury Clinic based in Cumbria provide gait analysis and biomechanical assessment for the north of England and South Scotland.
We believe that a skilled practitioner is essential when it comes to analysing the foot and its actions. Most problems are not limited to simple over pronation or supination of the foot. These problems cannot be detected with popular foot pressure measurement devices.
A gait problem may lie with other structures of the body and a thorough, skillful assessment of your biomechanics, including foot, lower limb and spine is our standard approach. For this reason, we prefer to use the term biomechanical assessment, of which gait analysis is only an element.
The outcome of the assessment will let us know where the problem lies. This will open up various treatment pathways, adapting them to find the right combination for you.
- Some problems can be rectified with manipulation, adjustment and exercise programmes.
- Core strength training can improve posture, leading to a more efficient gait (walking pattern).
- Orthotics and specific exercises can be used to correct problems with the foot itself.
Why we are different
The Sport & Performing Arts Injury Clinic takes great pride in being one of a very few clinics to look comprehensively at the body as a whole, allowing you to obtain your very own “blueprint” of how your body’s biomechanics affect your sport and every day activity.
This profile allows you to understand your posture, technique, range of movement and flexibility.
Advice on how to utilise this and adapt where necessary, reduces unnecessary strain on soft tissues and joints and helps prevent injury. Your agility, performance and personal day to day activity can be greatly improved.
- Independent – The gait analysis and video capture systems are our own. We do not tie ourselves to orthotics or footwear manufacturers and as a result feel that we offer a completely unbiased, professional service based on sound science and clinical based evidence.
- Skill– We have an in depth knowledge of the body’s mechanics and the physical and mathematical processes involved in measuring it’s movement.
- Open minded – Biomechanical or gait problems can have many causes, not all of which can be solved by orthotics. Our thorough assessment allows us to determine the best advice or treatment approach for you.
- Flexible – When orthotics are required, practitioners have access to a number of quality suppliers and specialist orthotists, to allow us to achieve your perfect orthoses.
- Adaptable – We know that every body is different, so we will never use a “one style fits all” approach. Instead we can help you get the best from what nature has given you, fine tuning each individual.
The biomechanics assessment
A typical biomechanics assessment at The Sport & Performing Arts Injury Clinic will take into account any problems you may be experiencing, your activity and aspirations. Our comprehensive assessment includes:
- Gait analysis
- Medical history and presenting complaints
- Footwear Assessment
- Functional and postural analysis
- Muscle strength & imbalance tests
- Joint range of motion and function
- Evaluation of sporting/occupational activities
- Vascular and neurological examination
Who is biomechanical and gait analysis suitable for?
We work with elite and amateur sports people to help improve performance and reduce injury risk, but anybody who experiences mechanical back pain, hip, knee, ankle or foot problems can also be greatly helped by analysing the body’s biomechanics and gait.