What is gait analysis?
Physical therapists frequently perform gait analysis when patients are struggling with gait abnormalities that make walking or running inefficient or painful. A gait analysis can reveal valuable insights regarding walking speed, balance, range of motion, and reflexes. It can also help patients identify and correct the habits that are contributing to discomfort.
Thanks to advancing technology, gait analyses are more detailed, thorough, and accurate than ever before. It’s not uncommon for a gait analysis to incorporate a comprehensive physical examination, a motion and muscle assessment, video recording, muscle-monitoring electrodes, and force platforms that measure the force of the footstep on the ground.
Physical therapy for gait analysis
Gait analysis is commonly employed at the start of a comprehensive physical therapy regimen tailored to the patient’s conditions, needs, and goals. Upon completion, an experienced physical therapist can create a routine that corrects inefficiencies and results in a more comfortable, effective stride.
In order to correct gait, your physical therapist will likely employ a number of strategies. These may include pre-gait training — or retraining each of the movements and habits that make up a step — bracing, gait training, and balance training.
Source: Move Forward PT
Luna’s physical therapists specialize in gait analysis
Luna’s physical therapists specialize in helping patients retrain their gait to promote healthier movement, improve balance, and prevent injury. As experts in gait training, your PT can guide you through a PT regimen that will offer tangible, lasting results.
Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for gait wherever it’s most convenient — no matter which gym you go to. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.