By Michael Hall
There are few more liberating things in life than going for a run. It requires minimal equipment, minimal time and can virtually be done anywhere. Unfortunately for many people, however, running is not a pleasurable experience but a painful one. As running can place up to 3 times your body weight through your feet, legs, pelvis and back, it is no wonder that the joints, muscles and soft tissues can break down under the jarring stresses. To run pain-free, you have to be able to run well with good if not ideal body mechanics. Anything less will eventually lead to injury and pain.
It is critically important therefore that when assessing and treating running injuries, the sources and even more importantly the causes of the injuries are identified and remedied. This means that not only must individual muscles, joints and tissues be tested for normal control and mechanics, but the running motion, intensity and amount must be addressed to identify abnormal or excessive stresses which could lead to injury. A faulty running action, excessive training, hard or changing surfaces and poor footwear can lead just as much to injury as restricted or overly mobile joints, weak, stiff or short muscles or lack of balance. At Bodywise Health, we leave no stone unturned in assessing all these factors and more so that you experience the best, fastest and most long term recovery possible.
Get to the root cause of your problem with our comprehensive examination system
At Bodywise Health, some of the examination techniques we use include:
- Comprehensive Biomechanical Examination to analyze your body’s alignment
- Real-Time Ultrasound to determine that correct timing and activation of your core supporting muscles
- Electromyography to give feedback as to whether muscles are contracting at the right time and with the right intensity
- Video Analysis which involves filming cycling movement so that it can be analyzed and any abnormal patterning can be corrected
- Gait Scan which measures the amount and timing of foot pressure during walking and running and helps identify and rectify problems to do with the feet and legs.
Combining the results of each of these tests enables us to identify both the source and cause of your problem which allows a targeted rehabilitation program to be devised and implemented. A person specific, movement specific and sport/function specific, this rehab program is then performed one on one under the instruction of your physiotherapist to make sure that the “injury” stresses are eliminated and that your movement becomes as effective and efficient as possible.
The Bodywise Health Advantage
If you want the fastest healing, the best repair and the most complete recovery, Bodywise Health is uniquely positioned to assist you best. From assessing your injury to determining the diagnosis to providing fast relief, optimal healing targeted rehabilitation and sports specific conditioning, our therapists have the knowledge, skills, equipment and passion to help you achieve the best results at the fastest possible rate. Bodywise therapists take special care to ensure that they understand your sport, its physical demands, the biomechanical requirements and the competitive edge that you need.
Let’s get started …
Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete competing at the highest level, the therapists here at Bodywise Health can design the perfect treatment and rehabilitation program to get you back to your sport fast.
Your recovery begins with:
- A comprehensive assessment to identify the sources, causes and healing stage of your problem as well as determine your physical strengths and weaknesses and the demands of your sport
- Clarification of your goals, concerns and aspirations
- The formulation of a treatment plan with an agreed timeline
- The implementation of the treatment program, with regular re-evaluations to ensure that you are on track to achieving your goals.
Not only does this set clear expectations, having a road to recovery gives you control and certainty and it gives us a target to meet and exceed.
But it all begins with you. You must take the first step. Once on board, we will be there to help you every step of the way. The sooner we begin, the sooner you get back to doing what you love to do. Let’s get started…
- Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover
- For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for CDM assistance, allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1300 263 994.