Movement should be fun, free and a joyous experience.
Whether you walk or run, dance or fight – skillful movement is the key to injury free natural locomotion.
However, too many people get injured every year (around 80% of runners) because of incorrect equipment, inadequate skill and life long inefficient movement mechanics.
So how do you recondition your body for a long life of efficient movement?
What’s gone wrong?
With 200,000 nerve endings, 33 major muscles, 28 bones, 19 ligaments; the human foot is a biomechanical masterpiece. In the last 40 years we have been led by a common misconception that cushioned, heavily padded, overly supportive shoes are best.
Despite all the developments in sports shoe technology, an estimated 79% of people give up running because of injury – a movement that should come naturally to any human. Unless you were brought up in an unshod (without shoes), chair-free environment you are likely to be lacking in certain physiological qualities and bio motor skills for natural human running.
As a result of this, running is now a skill that has to be re-learned. The modern human being is generally disconnected with their natural movement pattern. We need to relearn how to move and run. Let us show you how.
What Happens In The Running Assessment?
The first consultation will take approximately 45-60 minutes. The consultation will be performed by one of our two head osteopathic principles, who boast qualifications including Vivo barefoot Running Technique Instructors and the famous Lee Saxby Born to Run coach qualifications. You will be asked details about your running history and what has led you to make this appointment.
It may be that you are constantly being injured, you would like to improve your performance or you are just keen to know what all the fuss is about. Either way a detailed case history will be taken and questions asked about your general health, previous illnesses, your lifestyle and your family history.
The clinician will then want to conduct a physical examination and in order to do this you may be asked to undress to your underwear. You will then be taken thorough a range of movements and a detailed examination of the function of your joints. This will be taken in order to assess your suitability for running and to highlight any underlying pathologies that may restrict you running progression.
You will be asked to demonstrate your running technique on our treadmill and your detailed personal running video will be recorded. During this the clinician will assess your current technique in your existing footwear and identify your kinematic (running shape) gait pattern.
You will then receive a detailed slow motion video feedback demonstrating areas of interest. The clinician will then explain the natural human walking and running biomechanics and correlate them specifically for your running gait. We will break down your micro-skills and discuss your training drills and exercises, allowing you to develop your new technique. A personal progression plan will be developed between you and the clinician, allowing you both to agree on your goals with an achievable time scale. Next you will be re assessed while running barefoot and coached through your new technique. If required advice will then be given on the correct shoes to use with your new technique.
Follow Up Running Assessments
The clinician will review the advice given at the initial consultation and address any problem noted by the patient since trying the new technique. A re-evaluation of your running technique will once again be taken using video analysis and further micro-skill analysis and technique drills recommended to further your progress.
Running Assessment Fees
Full Running Assessment £50
- 1 hour appointment with either Ian Stuart or Michelle McWilliam
- Video analysis of your technique in your current footwear
- Kinematic (running shape) identification
- Understanding the natural human walking and biomechanics and how we are designed to move
- Running micro-skills assessment and training using barefoot technique drills and exercises
- Personal progression plan
- Video analysis and coaching of your new barefoot running technique
- Advice on Barefoot running and lifestyle shoes
Follow-up Running Review £40
- Re-evaluation of your running technique using video analysis
- Further micro-skill analysis and technique drills
- Advanced barefoot running advice to further your progression
Payments are made at the end of each treatment session or consultation. We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit card.
Our Secure iZettle Reader takes chip, swipe and contactless payments from all major credit cards, as well as payments through Samsung Pay, Apple Pay and Android Pay.
We are recognised by all major insurance companies and we may bill directly some insurances, including Bupa and Cigna, if you provide us the following details prior to your first consultation:
Your name, address and date of birth
Insurance policy or membership number
Pre-authorisation number for treatment
Number of treatments authorised