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.

Last Minute Patient Special: Complimentary Foot Scan and Custom Orthotics

Complimentary Foot ScanAs the weather warms with springtime, people are taking to the streets, trails and sidewalks.  Did you know that as you walk, jog or run, 3 – 5 times your body weight travels through your ankles, knees and hips?  That’s right – up to a 1,000 lbs for a 200 pound individual!  Do you think your shoes provide adequate cushion and support?  We know even the best shoes could use some help.

Now is the time to get your complimentary digital foot scan that will show you any problems that are taking place with your feet.  Our last minute patient special through the month of April is any orthotic for $200!  That’s a $150 saving off the best orthotics.  Call us at 303-790-6000 right away to set up your complimentary foot scan before this April special expires. Do something good for your feet  and prevent sports injuries.

Patient Special: Custom Orthotics

The Reason for Custom Orthotics for Athletes

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net / Toa55
Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net / Toa55

Did you know that 3-5 times your body weight is transmitted through your ankles, hips and knees upon running or jogging?

One simple way to dissipate these forces is to utilize custom orthotics.

Save on Custom Orthotics at KCHWC

Run better, reduce pain, and prevent injuries this Spring and Summer with a pair of custom orthotics.

When you mention this article you will receive a complimentary digital foot scan and $50 off your order! Couple this with a gait analysis from one of our trainers and you’ll be running faster and more efficiently.  Call 303-790-6000 to schedule today!

Offer valid through April 30, 2014.

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.