Functional movement assessment throughout the body.
Special interest in lumbo-pelvic mechanics and structural balance of the pelvis and spine, including the recognition of joint hypermobility.
Biomechanical Running Analyses - assessing all aspects of trunk, pelvis, leg and foot function - with focus on either injury/injury prevention or on running efficiency.
Rehabilitation from acute muscle injuries - with special focus on hamstring muscle injury.
Teaching self treatment/release techniques as part of an overall treatment programme.
THE PELVIS AND LUMBAR SPINE
The pelvis is the base from which the spine and upper body functions, and it is the attachment point for our propulsive system (our legs).
The lumbo-pelvic complex is in fact the cornerstone of many of the various different activities we pursue on a daily basis. It often reflects problems in other parts of the body as they create an influence on the lumbo-pelvic complex that creates an imbalance.
By assessing and treating this cornerstone of body function, and by rectifying all the many and varied inputs from other parts of the body that can create problems (and addressing them also) a start can be made toward rectifying your problem.
BIOMECHANICAL RUNNING ANALYSIS
There are ranges of biomechanics (trunk and limb motion) demonstrated by runners that can be considered to be fairly efficient - thereby helping you to run faster and potentially suffer less injury.
When your running technique is more 'disordered' than these expected 'norms' there is an increased likelihood of both injury and a drop in performance.
In most cases 'ideal' running technique revolves around the limbs moving from a fairly 'stable' trunk and pelvis (a stable core), with the feet striking the ground almost under the body's centre of gravity, limbs moving smoothly in straight lines and feet rolling inwards (pronating) a small and controlled amount after foot strike.
Variations in running technique that vary markedly from these 'norms' - such as the video below - increase the likelihood of both injury and performance problems.
The biomechanical analysis conducted at SSSP involves a video assessment of your running, as well as a very thorough analysis of your body to assess potential problem areas that may inhibit or prevent your body from running optimally without injury. You are then given a written report detailing the analysis and outlining the best course of action to improve things.
(the video will be added to the site soon!)
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT
Dysfunction creates imbalances in body function that manifest as problems in both body structure and movement patterns. When dysfunction has been present long term the subsequent body changes can take a lot of time and effort to correct.
By assessing the body's movement patterns in a functional movement assessment both major and minor dysfunctional patterns can be identified, correctional strategies implemented and the body can move towards correcting the dysfunction.
ACUTE MUSCLE INJURY
Acute muscle injury (a strain or tear) is an immediate problem that is likely to greatly restrict your activity in the short term. However if this injury is not managed correctly it will heal poorly and then it can become a long term problem.
By ensuring the muscle is moving within safe limits, and that functional movement is initiated early on (when safe) the muscle will recover quickly and long term problems minimised.
SELF MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
At SSSP it is very likely that you will be required to get highly involved with your own treatment. In fact, it is often of major importance in terms of your overall rehabilitation.
Self releasing (trigger point therapy), self massage, stretching, specific strengthening, joint mobilising and movement re-education can all be done at home as part of regaining function.
Imagine how much better it is to be treating the body daily - rather than just when you attend for an appointment!