The average person takes between 3000 and 4000 steps each day (although it is recommended that we should take 10,000)! Re-training your gait can turn those 3-4000 steps into 3-4000 strengthening exercises, simply by walking differently. Using video gait analysis, exercises programmes and other gait re-training techniques, it is possible to make simple changes to the way we walk and stand in order to use the musculoskeletal system more efficiently and, thereby, takes the stress off the areas that hurt. Gait re-training is a simple and effective way of addressing movement dysfunction and can be done right throughout the day, meaning that not as much time has to be put aside for formal exercises and can be very effective if done routinely.
More people are embracing running as a cheap, convenient and enjoyable way to exercise and more people are running into later age. However, running more and more does not necessarily automatically lead to better performance as a runner and can lead to injury if running technique is poor. Recent developments in research have shown that it is possible to change running technique in order to address pain or improve efficiency. We continually update our knowledge as the research base expands and implement this in our clinical work in order to advise on how even slight changes whilst running can have a significant impact on recovery and the ability to run more efficiently. However, not everyone should be running the same way, so the plans and interventions we advise are specific to individuals based on their needs.