with Paul Mealling BSc (hons) MCSP
Biomechanics assesses the structure and function of your body in detail. Biomechanics assessment can determine imbalances that may be limiting performance or causing pain and loss of function.
Why have a biomechanics assessment?
Biomechanics can uncover the root causes of
- Pain or tiredness in your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back
- Recurring injuries
- Walking with difficulty or awkwardness
- Leg length difference compensations
- Pain after exercise
and can optimise your movement for
- Improved sports performance
- Reduced injury risk
- Avoidance of movement and joint problems in later life
Many problems can originate from your biomechanics. These tend to develop gradually often over many years.
Biomechanics correction can significantly help your training and performance and help keep you moving better in later life.
How is it done?
Standing posture and weight bearing are assessed with special attention to leg length inequality, pelvic torsion and angles in all planes. The structure and function of your feet, ankles, legs and pelvis is looked at in detail.
In Paul's Level 2 and 3 assessments technology is used to give much greater insights into your structure and movement. Pressure plate analysis reveals weight distribution through your feet in standing, analysis of your stability and centre of gravity, and dynamic analysis of your gait. In the Level 3 assessment treadmill video analysis is used to look at your full body during gait. This can uncover many asymmetries in the way you move which may be causing problems for you.
It is most often possible to improve your function with corrective custom-made insoles which can also help level up cases of leg length inequality. Paul also gives corrective exercises based on what has been found and can also refer you to Roz who can continue improving your muscle balance and function based on the information gained in the biomechanics session.
How can it help?
Moving symmetrically can help restore more fluid motion in gait and help muscles to work as they should. It can also reduce stress in areas which have been compensating or subjected to higher forces than they should. In this way it is also possible to help prevent joint problems and stress fractures from developing. Better movement leads to better function and athletes can find that they can train and recover better.
Who is this for?
If you have been feeling 'off balance', have a limp, or have been suffering from recurring problems it is a good idea to have a biomechanics assessment. However, even without any current problems, biomechanics is a great idea to consider to support your exercise, training and performance and support you in your goal for better movement.
Free 30min consultation is available to determine if biomechanics assessment could be beneficial for you and whether you would benefit from custom insoles. This can also be useful to determine what level of assessment you may need as not everyone needs the higher levels.
Level 1 assessment. £110
Includes detailed assessment of your feet, ankles, knees and pelvis, including pelvic angles, torsion and leg length inequality.
Level 2 assessment. £180
Includes the Level 1 assessment but with added pressure plate assessment of static weight distribution, stability and gait.
Level 3 assessment. £240
Includes the Level 1 and 2 assessments, and gait analysis on treadmill.
Hand-made custom orthotics, if needed: £230
These are made in a lab that make orthotics for many elite athletes. The owner of the lab has run sub 4 minutes for the mile, another chap in the lab has beaten Mo Farah twice (!!) and another is a current England athlete. Note that second pairs of orthotics can be bought at reduced price and that the top-cover can be replaced at a fraction of the cost if needed in the future. I personally use orthotics made by this lab following a level 3 assessment on myself.
For those who have had a level 1 or 2 assessment it is also possible to upgrade at a later date.