Gait analysis: Run or walk strong and injury-free
A professional running or walking gait analysis breaks down gait and movement mechanics into several components. It includes investigating full body mechanics including arm swing, body lean and head position. The finer details of hips, ankles and feet are looked at in great detail.
A gait analysis can be especially helpful in selecting proper footwear. Running or walking in a shoe that corrects for the natural tendencies of your stride mechanics can dramatically improve your function and decrease your tendency for injury.
Hyatt Training professional gait analysis in Portland
Our 60- to 90-minute consultation and gait analysis includes videotaping. I watch you run or walk on the treadmill both with shoes and barefoot. Videotaping allows me to slow down the movement and look at your mechanics in great detail, pinpointing possible structural inefficiencies. I take time to discuss our findings and all the finer points of your gait and footwear needs.
Tips to stay injury-free
I also evaluate strength, flexibility and mobility for issues that may affect running or walking efficiency and could lead to injury. Clients walk away from our evaluation with cues for better form, exercises to keep (and improve) their strength and recommendations on the type of footwear that best suits their unique movement style.
Mechanics change over time, and I recommend an updated running gait analysis every few years. The process is especially helpful for newer runners or walkers, athletes battling injuries or those considering changes in footwear.
Do you have questions about your form, mechanics or footwear? Let me know how I can help!