Functional Movement

Functional Movement

At Sole Motion Podiatry, we use functional movement screening techniques & corrective exercise prescription. The Movement Assessment Tool offers many benefits to teams and individuals looking to reduce injuries and improve performance.

The Functional Movement Assessment Tool is an innovative system whereby its used to evaluate the quality of movement patterns in athletes and clients. This will help to demonstrate the limitations or asymmetries within individuals in relation to basic movement patterns and ultimately formulate a treatment plan with outcomes. This is made up of several fundamental movement patterns that involve balance, mobility and stability.

Our Functional Movement Screening can assist with

  • Identifying weaknesses, imbalances & physical limitations
  • Develop a baseline of movement patterns that are measureable
  • Improving optimal movement patterns enhancing athletic performance
  • Individual exercise programs for specific and measurable results
  • Identifying movement compensations that may reduce the risk of sports, training or work related injuries
  • Provide simple corrective exercises to improve fundamental movement patterns

Who Can use this

  • Clients or patients looking to improve or increase on their physical capacity
  • Clients looking to return to sports, work or activities
  • Patients, clients or athletes looking to improve on athletic functional performance & reduce risks of injury and recurrence.
  • Sports teams wanting to improve athletic performance and reduce injury risk and recurrence
  • Anyone looking to improve their movement capabilities in everyday life

Digital Postural Analysis

Back and neck discomfort can result from working on the computer for long hours. Similarly, pain can also develop due to prolonged work that requires standing and other sustained postures.

Postural analysis involves the identification of biomechanical abnormalities and compensatory adaptations that contribute to musculoskeletal injuries. This is done via a process of evaluating a person’s positioning of his/her body and limbs to determine observable physical misalignments.

Our podiatrist will then explain the relationship between various parts of the body, their anatomical arrangement and how well they do or do not fit together. This will be followed by a postural correction programme which includes personalised exercises towards maintaining the alignment of the spine, improving muscular endurance of postural muscles and increasing flexibility of tight muscle groups.

Depending on the symptoms, a core stability-strengthening programme can also be advocated after postural analysis via our great networking relationship with local exercise physiologists and functional rehabilitation specialists. This will target core and pelvic floor muscles strengthening so as to improve overall posture and fitness.

Balance & Gait Assessment

Gait analysis usually involves walking or running on a treadmill. In some cases the professional will simply watch the way that you move, looking in particular at your feet, ankles, knees and hips. In more specialist settings, a video recorder will often be set-up behind the treadmill, which will record film of your gait cycle. This can then be relayed to a laptop where slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running or walking style. This form of gait analysis usually focuses on the feet and ankles.