Do you get pain during specific movements or exercises?
Would you like to get back to these at better than pre-injury levels?
Would you like to receive the treatment that professional athletes receive?
Then a Biomechanics Analysis may be for you!
A biomechanics analysis is where we observe the way your body moves, in order to determine what may be causing your pain or injury, by using high speed cameras to slow down the movement to find out where your technique may be breaking down.
At Physio Fit, we use a high speed video recording system through our iPads with specific movement analysis software. In this software, movements can be broken down to even frame by frame, allowing us to gain an insight into the specific issues you may be facing. The video analysis software allows us to highlight poor movement control that may otherwise be missed by the naked eye as you perform a movement.
This detailed analysis will provide our physiotherapists with the information they require to understand the complex interactions between your joints, muscles and nerves in order to build a plan to achieve your goals.
What are the benefits of a Biomechanics Analysis?
There are many benefits that come with a biomechanics analysis, which are:
- Decreased injury risk & stress on joints
- Increased strength
- Increased speed of force production (Power)
- Movement optimisation & energy conservation
- Baseline measurements
- Improved performance
Essentially, our aim is to get you moving better, stronger and faster with a decreased injury risk – what more could you want? Read on to find out in more detail how this can change your life!
Decreased injury risk & stress on joints
We are all aware that by performing exercise in a poor movement pattern we are likely putting our joints under some unnatural stress through poor loading; you’ve no doubt seen someone perform an activity before and innately felt that it could be done so much more efficiently and safely. This holds true for all movements. By working with you to ensure that the load going through your joints is in line with best practice for your given exercise or technique, we are reducing your injury risk and prolonging your athletic career!
It makes sense that if you load a joint through its most optimal force curve that you will produce more force for the same effort, right? It’s actually that simple. We will work with you to help you to understand how your body should be moving in order to get the highest force production and create a plan in conjunction with you to achieve your goals.
Increased speed of force production (Power)
Once you have mastered producing force, in most cases you will want to improve the speed that you can produce that force – better known as power. Importantly, a huge part of this process lies within being able to decelerate a joint/limb after producing a powerful movement as this is where the majority of injuries occur. This part of a biomechanics analysis combines the previous two points together to produce a fast, fluid motion that uses large joints and muscles to decelerate.
A good example of this is in a baseball pitch, one of the most powerful movements in sport and subsequently, one of the most dangerous for your body! A pitcher must rotate their entire body forwards, almost touching the ground in front of them with their pitching arm to allow their back leg to raise off of the ground and use their hips and glutes to take much of the deceleration force from the pitch. If they weren’t to do this, the small muscles around their elbow and shoulder wouldn’t last very long at all.
Movement optimisation & energy conservation
Not surprisingly, as we improve your ability to produce power efficiently we will also improve your movement optimisation and therefore your conservation of energy. What does this look like tangibly to you though you may be thinking? Essentially by moving and producing force optimally, it means that you will expend less energy and therefore use less effort for the same activity – meaning you will improve your stamina and performance.
By using video analysis software we are able to keep track of your biomechanical changes over time – meaning that we aren’t guessing by judging your movement with our eyes and hoping for the best. It also means we can compare in ultra slow motion to how the best in the world move when performing an exercise; then we can break it all down together on our iPads to create a plan to achieve your goals.
No matter what your goals are from improving your movement efficiency through Biomechanics Analysis, the by-product will be an improvement in your performance through all of the points listed above. Who wouldn’t want that?
Do you do running analysis?
Yes, we offer an in depth running analysis at Physio Fit which is suitable for both high level runners and weekend warriors. Running injuries are often caused by muscle imbalances, movement deficiencies and/or poor running technique — and running assessments are the best way for us to analyse your movement and running to find out what’s going on and why you’re getting injured.
When you first come in, we’ll sit down and spend some time chatting about your running history, your injuries, and most importantly your training goals. This part of the assessment gives us an opportunity to get to know you better, and understand where you’ve come from and what you want to achieve.
After that, we’ll look at how you move with some basic range of movement tests, see how well your spine, hips, knees and ankles move and check to see if there are any significant restrictions in your movement.
Then we’ll get into some more challenging strength and stability tests where we’ll look at how well you can balance on one leg, whether you have any stability or balance issues, and if you can control your balance with some challenging movements like an arabesque and a hopping drill.
We’ll also look at your knee and hip stability with lunging tests and single leg squats. Here we want to see if you can control the movement of your knees and hips, make sure they don’t collapse in, and also make sure your left and right side look the same.
After all these movement and strength tests, we’ll get you on the treadmill and look at how you run. While you’re running, we’ll take lots of videos from different angles and look at some specific elements of your running gait.
We’ll also check to see how your foot is landing, so we can pause the video at that exact moment of landing and look at the position on your foot, and importantly where it is in relation to your knee and hip.
We can also check the angles of your joints at each phase of your run, so we can analyse what your hips, knees and ankles are doing and find any faults that you may have within your running gait.
Some of the other things we look at in this running analysis are the position of your pelvis – and we check this from the side view and also from the back. With this we can see if you’re tilting your pelvis too far forward or back, or if your pelvis is dropping to one side.
We’ll also check how well you’re moving your upper body and if you’re bouncing up and down too much during your run. By the end of the running assessment, we’ll have a really good understanding of how you move and how you run, including any strength deficits or issues with your running technique. From all of this information, we can then come up with a plan to fix any issues, strengthen any imbalances and improve your running form.
You can learn more about our Running Analysis here
What kinds of movements is a Biomechanics Analysis useful for?
A Biomechanical Analysis is great for movements such as:
- Overhead Press
- Olympic Lifts
- Overhead Serving
How long is a Biomechanics Analysis session?
A Biomechanical Analysis session will run for approximately an hour and during this time we will work with you to:
- Get a full history of any injuries you may have
- Understand your goals
- Film you performing the movement from different angles
- Go through the results of the analysis together
- Create a report of the findings
- Build a plan together with you to achieve your goals
How do you book a Biomechanics Analysis?
To book your Biomechanics Analysis session, please give us a call or book online today.