Slow Motion Gait Analysis

This runner was not aware she was leaning to the left. This imbalance was easily reduced with specific stretching leading to a more balanced running style much less prone to injury.

Slow motion analysis is appropriate for runners of all abilities. We use it to help clients running related pain typically due to a muscle, joint or connective tissue overload. For this reason symptoms are often only present when speed or distance (or both) are increased will generally subside with rest.

What to expect

Case History

We will start with a thorough case history. Expect to be talking for at least 20-30 mins. We want to know about your previous injuries, niggly pains and how you use your body on a daily basis. Do you sit at a desk all day or are you Postman Pat?! Have you run 50 marathons or are you simply trying to do the local Park Run. This stuff makes a big difference to what we expect to see.

Physical Exam

The physical exam is a hands on physical assessment lead by the case history. The purpose of this is to test your isolated range of motion at specific joints, and muscle strength. If we do our job well we should know what we expect to see on the video before we even get you running!

Video Assessment

We require two 30 second clips of video. (back and side views). However, dysfunctional patterns are generally much easier to spot at faster speeds so we will ask you to warm up for a few mins first and then shoot the video at ‘a good for you jogging speed’. If you’re not able to run for at least 5 minutes without pain it would be more appropriate to book an initial consultation for osteopathy.

What to bring

You should bring your usual running shoes (Please clean of any mud) and any orthotics you wear or have been prescribed previously. Please remember we want to see how your whole body is moving so tight fitting running clothes top and bottom are best. Long baggy shorts are useless!