Running is a natural human movement that we all begin soon after we learn to stand erect. As such, you might assume that there is no right or wrong way to run. However, the human body is mechanical in nature, a series of levers (bones) that rotate around fulcra (joints) when acted upon by muscles. Just like any other machine, it is subject to wear and tear, and body mechanics can become less efficient.
Poor postural habits, tight or weak muscles, and overuse can all affect the mechanical efficiency of your running gait. Unless corrected, poor running mechanics can lead to pain and injury, and can compromise your performance. Yet changing the way you run can be difficult without understanding the many factors that play into optimal running performance. Running Gait Re-Training is a personalized program that evaluates and analyzes your unique running gait, and fine tunes the mechanics behind it so you can enjoy a lifetime of pain free running with minimal risk of injury.
There are many benefits to running gait retraining. If you are recovering from an injury, RGR can be a great asset to your rehabilitation program. Improving your mechanics during the course of your recovery can help you grow stronger and maintain your strength gains as you begin to train again. At NYDNR, we utilized the AlterG Antigravity Treadmill to speed your recovery and overcome gait deficiencies.
If you suffer from chronic pain associated with running, correcting your gait is critical to prevent further injury and to begin to run pain-free. If your goal is improved run time, RGR can tweak the mechanical deficiencies that are holding you back from peak performance. If you are new to running, RGR can teach you to run efficiently so you can avoid the pain and injuries often associated with running.
Running Gait Retraining is personalized for each individual. The anatomy of every runner is unique, and therefore your body mechanics are also distinct. Running gait analysis is a complex science with a steep learning curve. After obtaining a comprehensive medical profile, NYDNR will analyze your movement mechanics using state-of-the art equipment that utilizes virtual imaging to identify problem areas. We will then design a training protocol and regimen to help you overcome deficiencies in your running gait.
The number of RGR sessions will vary with the needs of the individual. If recovering from an injury, you may need several sessions to help you get back to pain-free running. The clinicians at NYDNR will work with you for as many sessions as you need to overcome your mechanical deficiencies. Typically it will require just a few sessions to improve your running gait. It is also advised that you return to NYDNR for periodic check up sessions to ensure that old habits have not returned.