How do you feel today?
When you got up this morning, did you notice any little aches or niggles in your joints or muscles? The last time you exercised, did it take you longer to recover than usual? After a long day hunched over your laptop, did you make a grunting sound when you finally collapsed onto the sofa?
Pain: we all experience it. And it’s easy to dismiss all these little twinges as age catching up with us. But pain is not necessarily a bad thing. It can be a warning sign that’s saying: “If you keep doing this, this way, you are going to have problems!” Pain that hangs around or gets progressively worse over time is usually the product of dysfunctional or harmful movement patterns performed over and over.
You’ve probably heard of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), which is a more general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. But you may not be aware of the long-term damage that these adverse habitual movements may be doing, you only know that you have a lingering pain that over-the-counter painkillers can’t resolve. Unfortunately, we often ignore these subtle hints until they start to have a debilitating effect on our quality of life.
This is where BioMechanics can help. The BioMechanics Method for Corrective Exercise uses a systematic approach for identifying the root causes of your pain. Once we can see where the issues are, we can then design the most appropriate corrective exercise strategies to gradually bring you out of pain.
What is “corrective exercise”?
This is where we aim to bring your body back into balance and to keep it there through a progressive system of training geared towards correcting faulty movement patterns and weak links in the body’s kinetic chain. The full body assessment will create a baseline of how you currently move through various physical activities, so as you proceed through the corrective exercise programme you can track your progress.
Through specific mobility, stability and patterning exercises, I can identify faulty movements, then use corrective exercise to improve and maintain certain fundamental movement patterns, potentially eliminating the root cause of your pain.
How does a BioMechanics Assessment work?
The field of BioMechanics in general deals with the effects of forces applied by muscles and gravity on the human body. A BioMechanical Assessment specifically examines the lower body and limbs to find any issues with alignment, structure and highlight any strengths or weaknesses.
The BioMechanics Method for Corrective Exercise provides a systematic approach for applying effective corrective exercise strategies to assess and address muscle and joint pain. During an assessment, I will identify and assess common musculoskeletal imbalances and understand how those imbalances affect the different structures of your body. Then I’ll choose an appropriate exercise strategy tailored to you and design a corrective exercise programme that addresses the underlying cause or causes of your pain.
Why have a BioMechanical Assessment?
It's simple: To discover the cause of your pain and create a programme for relieving it for the long term.
I use specialist equipment that will give me information about the pressures you’re experiencing in various parts of your body, and I’ll be able to look more closely at possible causes of any foot, knee and back pain. During the appointment, we discuss with you what you're looking to achieve, take all necessary assessments and discuss any recommended treatment options such as corrective exercises.
If you have lingering pain that won’t go away, don’t wait until you’re in unbearable discomfort to speak to me about booking a BioMechanical Assessment. Everything in your body is connected to everything else, so pain in one area can often be caused by another area. But by investigating fully we can better understand the imbalances in your body and lead you towards a life free from pain.
Live the life you want, not a life in pain.