Biomechanics is the scientific study of internal and external forces and the effects of those forces on and within the human body.
The field of biomechanics can analyse and interpret the cause and effect of forces applied to and by the body. Biokineticists' are involved in a range of activities, from technical performance analysis, to injury prevention and rehabilitation methods.
A Biomechanical Assessment involves a complex and thorough evaluation of the all the body segments and body position whilst weight bearing and non-weight bearing.
The biomechanical examination is a critical part of the evaluation for determining the full cause of an injury and deciding the correct approach to fix the cause and resultant symptoms.
The information gained from a biomechanical assessment forms the basis for the treatment protocol and rehabilitation programme.
The assessment consists of determining muscle strength, range-of-motion at the limb joints and the angular relationships of the involved segments.
When is a Biomechanical assessment required or recommended?
My rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you fit into any of the following categories:
When an Assessment has been done we can then:
Biomechanical assessment can help with:
Upper Back Problems
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Lower Back Pathologies
Runners Knee and other Knee complaints
Limb length discrepancies
Forefoot and toe pain
Just to mention some of the conditions