Gait Analysis at the Kambeitz Chiropractic Gym

Runner silhouetteWe’re excited to announce a new service at our gym.  Gait Analysis.

At Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center P.C. gait analysis is more than just picking out the right pair of running shoes.  Troy Bacon, personal trainer has specialized in gait analysis, with results benefiting beginner to expert athletes.  Using a high-speed camera and tracking software, the strengths and weaknesses of your running and walking technique are evaluated.

At our clinic Gait Analysis consists on two sessions.  The first session, you will be recorded on the treadmill to analyze your running (or walking) form. Between sessions your video will be analyzed, identifying the greatest weaknesses that can be improved upon. The second session, your trainer will discuss the results of your gait analysis, teaching you the exercises, stretches and drills to improve your gait and performance, one step at a time. To learn more about our gait analysis service, download our Gait Analysis Flyer.

Want to learn more about gait analysis, and learn how you can benefit for this new service?  We had Troy Bacon, our personal trainer and gait expert, answer a few of the most common questions he is asked about gait analysis.  Have questions, please share them with us!

What is your background with running and athletics?

I have always from a young age been involved in athletics – baseball, basketball, football, etcetera.  In college I competed in Division 1 Track and Field for the University of Northern Iowa as a decathlete. In that time I also earned my degrees in Exercise Science and Sport Psychology.

Where did you learn about gait analysis?

The first I heard about gait analysis was in college.  I worked for a store called The Runner’s Flat that did a basic form to determine appropriate shoe-style for customers.  Our version is more in-depth and designed to help runners increase their efficiency and avoid injury.

Describe what you are looking for when analyzing a patient on the treadmill?

The key points that I will be looking for on each patient are level of pronation in the ankles – this helps determine correct shoes, dorsi-flexion – if the toe is being pulled up each stride, knee drive, foot-strike, and tempo.  Every person is different so it is possible and likely that other points will be discussed specific to the individual.

If my gait is less than perfect, what recommendations will you have for me?
(different running shoes, different footwear for work/home, orthotics, massage, chiropractic…???)

These are all great in helping with proper gait.  I will prescribe a set of exercises, stretches and drills for each person – again, specific to their needs.  These will be basic movements that can be done at home, work, etc.  In some cases I may recommend that they spend some time with me in training to correct whatever problems they may have.

How can recognizing and treating my running gait prevent injuries?

There are a number of ways it can help prevent injuries.  The first of which is having correct footwear.  Also, improper form can create muscle imbalances which may lead to a pulled or strained muscle.  Lastly, tempo (steps per minute) and foot-strike play a role in how your energy is being spent – is every stride sending a shock up the leg OR is it efficiently propelling you forward?

How will having my gait analyzed and corrections made to my stride help me achieve more in the 8WW program?

Great question!  The 8WW program is designed to help you create and maintain a healthy lifestyle well beyond your eight weeks with us.  Having the knowledge and confidence that you are working efficiently in your outside workouts is going to help these healthy habits last.

Is gait analysis only for runners?

Everybody who walks will benefit from it, especially those who spend a lot of time on their feet.  Many of us have jobs that require spending hours on end up and moving around.  Having proper footwear or orthotics plays a HUGE role in ensuring this can be done comfortably.

Chiropractic FAQ’s

What is Chiropractic and how can it help me?

Chiropractic is the fastest growing and second largest primary health care profession. Chiropractic is based on the fact that an adjustment helps to facilitate better function with the nervous system.  The nervous system is the master system of the body and will aid in the nerves firing better to every organ tissue and cells of the body.  Chiropractic works on the true cause of pain malfunction.

I’ve never been adjusted before, what should I expect with my first adjustment?

With a manual adjustment you may hear a “pop” that is just a gas release.  The computerized adjustment mechanism will create a light tapping sensation that is comfortable, consistent and computerized.  Eighty percent of people will feel good after their first adjustment.  Ten percent may not feel anything and another ten percent may be a little sore.  This is comparable to working out or doing yard work for the first time.

Can you just “Pop” or “Crack” me?

We don’t just “pop” or “crack” anyone.  We perform an x-ray to look for any more serious underlying problems. We do a scan and palpate the spine to check for the “true” cause of the problem. Sometimes the pain is in a totally different area to cause your pain symptoms.

Chiropractic Bear
The chiropractic bear Dr Jim uses to show kids about their adjustment

Is Chiropractic good for my kids?

Chiropractic is an excellent choice for your kids because subluxations or misalignments can occur at any ate. We get great results for numerous health conditions such as headaches, ear infections, bed wetting, asthma, neck, low back, croup, colic, and learning disorders.  Kids love to get adjusted, it is very light and easy.  Dr. Kambeitz’s kids have all been adjusted since birth.

Do I need to get x-rays taken?

X-rays will help us to see what is going on with the disc and vertebrae. It helps us to see which way the vertebrae are misaligned so we can treat the cause of your pain.

Why do I need to get a scan?

The scan will tell us objective measure of how your body is functioning.  It gives a visual representation of how the nerves are firing to every organ and where there is muscular tension.  It helps to see how you are progressing and improving from your last scan.

Why does my second scan look worse than my first scan?

Scanner
Scanner used during exam

Your scan may look worse from certain stressors you have been going through.  Let’s take a look at your physical, mental, and chemical stressors to see where there could be an imbalance in your body. Sometimes your second scan can look worse, but we are actually “waking” up your nervous system to areas that may have been dormant or firing incorrectly for quite some time.

 

What is the Gonstead Method?

It is a manual adjusting technique that is very specific to the vertebrae that needs to be adjusted. You will typically hear a “popping” noise when you get adjusted, and that is just a “gas” release from the joint being adjusted.  This is a normal sound, nothing breaking or snapping.

When do I come back for my next appointment?

Your next appointment will be scheduled depending on the severity of the problem you are experiencing.  A patient with chronic versus acute pain will be treated differently?  At Kambeitz Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center P.C. we measure progress by subjective and objective measures.  Some of your objective measure are to look at your x-rays and see what your spinal health looks like.  We do a subluxation scan to see how your nervous system is functioning and with the computerized adjustment mechanism, we check for joint motion and can detect fixations.

Does my insurance cover Chiropractic? Are you in my network?

We will look into your insurance for you.  We are an out-of-network clinic. If you have out-of-network coverage we would be happy to bill your insurance for you. At our clinic we will give you recommendations on treatment based on our clinical findings and not based on your insurance coverage.

Is it alright if I only come two times this week, I have a meeting?

Well let’s see how your spine is doing. The patient is probably feeling better, but as stated before, we only feel 10% of what goes on in our body.  We will show you the joint fixations (subluxations) with patpation of the your spine and demonstrate where there is muscular tension/restrictions. Just as working out two times a week is alright, three workouts a week will get us better and quicker results.  We have hours available before and after most people’s work hours and lunch time appointments too.

Am I done with my treatment?

At our clinic you can be done with treatment at any point, however it depends on your health goals. Do you simply just want to be out of pain, if this is the case, the original proglem could return after a period of time or do you want to feel and function well all the time? If the latter is important, let’s check some objective measures to see how you are functioning. We can use the computerized adjustment mechanism to see function, palpation of hands and/or subluxation scan.

What is myo-therapy and why do I need it?

Myo-therapy bench
Your myo treatment will be in our new myo-therapy bay

Myo means muscle. We are going to work on the muscles to make sure your adjustments hold much better.  Muscles have memory and will keep pulling the vertebrae out of alignment.  It will create better balance in your body which will help with better function.

What kind of stretches do I do?

The doctor will be giving you light stretches to do once your range of motion starts getting a little easier and is painless.  These stretching sheets will show you how to perform the stretches correctly. Remember there should be “no Pain” when you do a stretch.

Do you offer massage therapy?

We do have massage therapists on staff.  Massage helps aid in the adjustments holding correctly because it decreases the chances that muscle memory will pull the muscle to one side.  It will help with joint motion and flexibility which will help the nerves firing ability and increase your range of motion.

What is the computerized adjustment mechanism?

It is an instrument that does adjustments and can locate where the spine is not moving correctly.  The space age technology utilizes a precise oscillating force with uninterrupted motion to get your vertebrae moving correctly again. It is comfortable, consistent and computerized.

Should I use ice or heat?

Typically, in an acute phase we recommend ice. Ice will aid in pain relief and help the area with decreasing heat and inflammation, which will help in the healing process.  Ice the sore/tender area for approximately 15-20 minutes on the area, and 40 minutes off.  Heat can cause more swelling and inflammation in the early phase.

How long will it take to feel better?

There are two types of care: relief care and corrective care.  Relief care is just relief of symptoms. Corrective care is both relief of symptoms and correction of the cause of the problem. It took time to feel the pain and it will take time to correct the cause of the problem.  In the first phase of care, which is 12 adjustments, I expect you to be symptomatically 20-50% better.