Medical gait analysis allows inferences concerning the following disorders:
• heel pain
• heel spur
• ball of foot pain
• Achilles tendon pain
• back pain
• knee pain
• plantar fasciitis
• hip ailments
Gait training focusses on teaching an ideal gait pattern, which is subject to the personal anatomy and physical shape of the patient. Abnormal gait patterns can lead to pain and injury in all areas of the body, with the back, pelvis and knees being particularly affected. Training during therapy is aimed at achieving a relaxed, balanced and rhythmically ideal gait cycle. A healthy gait posture helps prevent age-related illnesses and complaints such as pain in the back and pelvic area. It also improves body awareness, leading to a more deliberate and careful execution of movements during the patient’s daily routine.
In case of gait impairments that are due to injury, operation or disease, the systematic training of gait sequences is aimed at achieving maximal gait function. If needed, this involves ambulation aids such as axillary crutches or parallel bars in order to minimize physical strain. The objective of gait training is to return to functional ambulation with or without assistive devices, thereby restoring independence during day-to-day life.
Deliberate body awareness that is firmly ensconced in one’s daily routine constitutes a form of independence, and a proper gait helps cope with the challenges of everyday life.
Whether it be at work, at home or in our free time: Good posture matters. Most people suffer from some type of complaint in the back, neck, shoulder or knee area. Stationary sitting at the office, hard physical work, stress or acquired patterns and stance can result in long term damage that may be difficult to reverse. Learning and adopting correct posture acts as a preventive measure against pain and tension. A stable and healthy body is the result of incorporating proper posture and healthy exercise as well as gentle or stimulating movement into one’s daily routine.
Posture training involves customized coaching that focusses on achieving physiologically healthy posture and the optimal use of back muscles. This includes training body awareness to the point that activities such as carrying, lifting or walking are consciously performed in a way that is easy on the back. Pain and tension, especially in the back, shoulder and neck area, can be due to a variety of causes. The aim is to find the right physical compensation, depending on the patient’s profession, level of stress and physical constitution. This may involve instructions concerning correct sitting, standing and walking, finding the right exercise and breathing technique to dissolve tensions or questions as to which muscles to relax and which muscle to tense. Once good posture has been achieved, it will help avoid pains and tensions that are caused by stress, genetics or age. And a physical sense of well-being leads to a lighter and more relaxed mind that copes easily with the day to day.