Gait analysis is visually examining the interaction of the low back and the joints of the thighs, legs, and feet during the various stages of walking.
When performing a gait analysis various stages of walking are observed including, initial contact, loading response, mid stance, terminal stance, pre swing, mid swing, and terminal swing.
Many back, thigh, leg, ankle, and foot problems may be caused by or manifest themselves in subtle gait abnormalities.
Assessment of your gait will help uncover energy leaks, form issues and faulty movement patterns that can lead to injury or keep you in the injury cycle.
Armed with information on your form, cadence, and preferred movement patterns, Robyn will provide you with a picture of where you are at and how to make shifts to a more efficient runner or walker.
With training on running form, flexibility, core stability, cadence, and strength, you will find yourself running or walking with more joy and ease.
Gait training involves may involve:
- Endurance exercise
- Balance exercises
- Visual/video training with feedback
- Verbal cues to improve walking patterns
- Training on different surfaces (grass, stairs, pavement, uneven surfaces)
- Cadence training
- Optimizing posture & form
- Strengthening your breathing muscles