One of the very first qualifications I carried out on my route to becoming a Therapist was a diploma in Biomechanics Coaching. Before, during and after completion of this qualification I can safely say "what is biomechanics" or something similar is the most question I get asked most. This blog will be looking at the biomechanics coaching I do and will answer that question.
To begin with it is worth noting that Biomechanics can be put into two categories:
I focus on the Intrinsic Biomechanics. This focuses on WHY the body is performing the why it does. For example say someone who has just completed a running analysis gets a result that they pronate too much on their right side. Intrinsic Biomechanics will then look to identify what is actually causing this foot to pronate. Is it down to pelvis alignment? Or is there something going on in the hip? With the use of Intrinsic Biomechanics we will look to correct the cause of the problem.
Now don't get me wrong, this doesn't mean that extrinsic biomechanics and running analysis isn't important. It absolutely is. I have found through correcting the intrinsic biomechanics first has given people I work with much more effective and accurate results when carrying out things such as running analysis as a number of underlying issues causing compensations have been resolved.
Biomechanics isn't just for those in performance environment though.
It is for everyone and more often than not I use my skills as biomechanics coach™ in all my therapy session. Let me give an example. Recently I had someone visit me who was suffering from recurring knee pain. Despite rest, ice, painkillers and other therapy it just was not going away. After a full screen I could see there was dysfunction in the pelvis on the same side. After some massage therapy in that area and some successfully completed homework exercises (vital part of any therapy), the knee pain had gone away and the participant was able to carry out full activities again.
I have found biomechanics coaching approach very successful with my participants in particular to those suffering with lower back pain and also hip & groin pain.
If you have a recurring injury, pain or want to improve your performance and want to find out if Biomechanics Coaching can help you, your welcome to a free 15 telephone consultation and we can discuss a tailored plan for you.
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