Intrinsic Gait Analysis

Find out why you run the way you do

Staying injury free is key to running consistently whether you run for fun or are training for an event or regularly racing. Gait analysis is an important part of injury prevention but only if something is done about the results afterwards. Putting a plan together after an assessment is just as important so you can ultimately restore full movement across your body and improve the quality of your run.

What is Extrinsic gait analysis?

Put simply, extrinsic analysis is when someone looks at you running. When you run you have a multiple joints moving, you’re moving in propulsion, you’re quickly swapping your balance from one leg to the other, there’s a LOT going on. Looking at your run is effectively looking at the end product that your body produces.

Why is INtrinsic analysis better?

When a qualified Biomechanic assesses your full body starting with whether you have a leg length discrepancy, they then examine the symmetry and range of motion in each joint independently. Each test isolates key movements rather than multiple joints which could be hiding the real reason you run the way you do. The report will show any dysfunction within the body, and it’s not uncommon for a loss of movement in your chest muscles can affect the positioning of your foot and cause knee pain.

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Will you tell me if I Over pronate or am flat footed?

No. Only a qualified podiatrist can make a diagnosis on your feet and advise on whether you need orthotics. When I assess feet specifically I’m looking at their natural stance and their capacity to pronate and re-supinate. Our feet need to pronate when they land so they can shock absorb, then as they pass through neutral they need to stiffen up and supinate to provide power to propel our bodies forward. 

The range of tests I perform will highlight whether you are likely to stay in one position for too long, causing problems in your gait cycle. I can prescribe exercises to help strengthen your weaker movements, however quite often a propensity to supinate or pronate actually occurs from higher up in the body. The full assessment will help identify where dysfunction lies and working towards fixing those issues can mean a more permanent resolution to gait cycle problems than always buying certain shoes or relying on orthotics.


Biomechanics Assessment

Intrinsic Assessment On Your Capacity To move

I will provide a full, intrinsic biomechanic assessment with a report on your body and its movements along with a plan to restore range and symmetry in restricted areas.

You will be helped to release inhibited joints through a range of muscle energy techniques, stretches, and isolated and integrated strength work.

If you would like to know more and think I might be able to help you stay injury free, (or get back running if you’ve been sidetracked with an injury) Contact Me or check out my page on Biomechanic Assessments.

Jen Coppock
Jen Coppock
Level 4 Biomechanic
llangollen, North Wales