Learn How Gait Analysis Can Reduce Your Risk of Running Injuries

In this video, Troy Bacon a personal trainer, and runner explains the gait analysis services available at the Kambeitz Chiropractic gym.   Gait analysis is a unique service that we offer here to our runners to evaluate their running form, to see whether they’re running safely and effectively.

So how do we do a analyze a runner’s gait?

We send the runner through a brief warm up on the treadmill for 3-5 minutes at a nice easy pace.  From there we capture video using our high speed camera.   We start with a side angle view, and will capture 30 seconds of video from that location.  From the side view what we can see is if they have appropriate knee drive, and if they are heel striking.

Then we place the camera to record from behind the runner, to get a different angle. From the rear we can witness how the joints are moving, and whether the runner is pronating or supinating at the ankles (which means rolling in or rolling out).

We look for anything that is going to effect the efficiency of the runner’s gait.   From the gait analysis, we can recognize if your running shoes are correctly supporting your feet and ankles, and if there are problem areas that need extra stretching and strengthening to improve your form and decrease your risk of being injured by running.

Want on the treadmill for a gait analysis?

We would be glad to schedule a gait analysis for you at your next personal training session.  Give us a call at 303-790-6000 to schedule.

Prevent Spring Cleaning Injuries

March came in like a Lion with a heavy, wet snow storm.  It looks like March will go out like a Lamb with beautiful, warm and sunny weather.  That means it is time for Spring cleaning and yard work.  Here are some helpful tips to a safe and injury free Spring!

  1. Stay hydrated.  Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water helps every process in your body work better, including your muscles and joints.
  2. Bend with your knees.  When lifting bags of soil or other heavy objects keeping your back straight and bending with your knees will reduce the chances of injury to your low back.  Keep this in mind even when lifting light objects!
  3. Avoid repetition.  I bet you rake leaves with the same motion every time.  Try mixing it up.  Over use repetitive actions can lead to injury.  Picture a wire coat hanger.  If you bend it enough times it will break!
  4. Take a break.  Many people will not stop until every last flower bed is clean.  Relax and have a glass of water. Stop to admire the work you have done along the way.  Those leaves and pine needles will still be there when you are done drinking your water.
  5. Warm up.  Getting your blood flowing will prepare your muscles and joints for activity.  Try some jumping jacks or burpees!
  6. Visit Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center.  Making sure your spine and muscles are healthy enough to work outside is the first step. If there is undetected restriction in your spine, unresolved muscle tension and tightness and if you are deconditioned, your chances of injury are much greater.