At Urban Chiropractic, we understand the intrinsic link between posture, gait, and overall wellbeing. Postural and gait analysis form the backbone of our comprehensive treatment approach, used to diagnose and correct structural imbalances that may be leading to chronic pain, discomfort, or limited mobility. Our approach focuses on providing holistic solutions that aim for more than just temporary relief — we strive to fundamentally improve your long-term physical health.
During a postural and gait analysis at Urban Chiropractic, our highly trained chiropractors delve into both the static and dynamic elements of your body’s alignment. We carefully observe your body in both stationary and movement states. This allows us to assess whether your body maintains its alignment during movement or if certain positions or activities disrupt this equilibrium.
In static alignment analysis, we examine your posture while you’re standing or sitting still. We assess the natural curvature of your spine, the tilt of your pelvis, and the position of your head, shoulders, and hips. We also observe you from different angles to get a comprehensive understanding of any postural discrepancies.
Dynamic alignment refers to the study of your body’s alignment during movement. This is where gait analysis comes into play. By observing how you walk, we can spot aberrant patterns that might indicate issues like muscular imbalances, joint dysfunction, or neurological conditions. The observation of gait analysis includes careful inspection of the movement of your feet, legs, hips, arms, and head as you walk.
Beyond these visual analyses, we also carry out a series of manual tests. These may include range of motion tests, muscle strength comparisons, and various physical examinations to detect areas of tenderness, stiffness, or pain. These tests enable us to pinpoint specific areas of concern and design an individualized treatment plan.
Once we have compiled a detailed picture of your postural and gait characteristics, we work on developing a personalized exercise regimen for you. This exercise plan will be specifically tailored to your unique needs, taking into consideration your lifestyle, fitness level, and overall health condition. The exercises we recommend typically aim to enhance strength, improve flexibility, and correct posture.
The benefits of our comprehensive postural and gait analysis are manifold. Through this procedure, we aim to achieve improved postural alignment, which can result in a host of positive effects. A better posture leads to an increased sense of balance, as the body’s weight is distributed evenly. This lessens the wear and tear on your joints, reduces the risk of joint degeneration and arthritis, and minimizes the chances of sustaining muscle strain or backaches.
Increased flexibility is another key benefit. By working on the tight muscles and strengthening the weak ones, we help you achieve greater mobility. This not only makes day-to-day tasks easier but also decreases the risk of injuries.
Our overarching goal at Urban Chiropractic is not only to alleviate your current symptoms but also to equip you with the knowledge and tools to prevent future discomfort. Through the process of posture and gait analysis, we empower you to better understand your body and take proactive steps towards maintaining your health and wellbeing.