Extrinsic biomechanics looks at movements and the measurements of those movements. Then establishes the most efficient way of performing them.
Intrinsic biomechanics is the assessment of internal structures that effect the body’s movement patterns. Any anomalies can have a significant effect on how the body then moves.
The body is a master of compensation and any intrinsic restrictions may go undetected with just an extrinsic assessment.
A Biomechanics Coach can give you an intrinsic biomechanics assessment which will establish any areas of mechanical weaknesses in your body. Your shoulders, spine, pelvis, knees, feet, nerves and muscles will be screened to see if they are functioning correctly. If these are not working well then a biomechanics coach will be able to determine whether that is due to genetic issues or something that is developing due to poor technique, posture problems, inadequate rehabilitation or ergonomic set up. Once this has been established you will be taken through an exercise programme to help eradicate the problems identified. We can help you to help yourself rather than having to rely on others to continually have to ‘fix’ you, so that you can move freely
and enjoy the activities you want to do.
Most people with niggles, recurrent injuries or low grade non-specific aches actually have poor biomechanics rather than medical conditions or specific injuries. If there are specific injuries these can often be caused by poor biomechanics leading to compensatory posture or movements which eventually lead to those injuries. Just treating the injury will not necessarily be the answer, to prevent it reoccurring you need to check that any underlying faulty biomechanics are addressed.
For example a dysfunctional pelvis can cause a difference in leg length, this can then cause problems upwards in the back and shoulders or downwards in the knee or foot, all just due to a small muscle being in spasm that you weren’t even aware of!
If you have back pain, your doctor or physio etc will probably tell you that you need to strengthen your core to help with the pain, but why are you getting back pain in the first place? If the cause is poor biomechanics there is no point stabilising the body in the wrong alignment, we need to get the body moving freely first and ‘normalised’ THEN move onto ‘stabilising’ it in the correct position.
Likewise a sportsperson who wants a strong core to help stabilise their body, still needs to ‘normalise’ first to ensure that their body is functioning to the best of its ability.
What does a Biomechanics Coach do?
A biomechanics coach does not ‘diagnose’ or ‘treat’ clients but by taking the client through the intrinsic biomechanics screening system any dysfunctions can be highlighted and addressed with a very simple exercise technique that can improve the way they move and the proper functioning of their musculoskeletal system. Clients can follow these techniques on their own whenever needed rather than having to rely permanently on expensive treatments to ‘fix’ themselves.
This programme is evidence based and has been tried and tested for over 25 years on both Olympic athletes and the general public to the same effect.
- anyone who has a recurrent injury or pain when exercising.
- Anyone with aches and areas of tightness in their body due to posture and/or lifestyle
- Athletes who want to improve their performance by improving the functioning of their musculoskeletal system.
- If you just want to be able to move more freely to enable you to live the life you want.
Whether it’s playing football with the children/grandchildren or just being able to enjoy a walk in the park.
Your first session will last approx 75 mins and following sessions will be up to 60 mins.
Single sessions are £55 however it is compulsory for the first 3 sessions to be paid for up front due to these demanding your commitment to the programme. Hence the reduced combined rate of £125 for the 3 sessions which must be within 2-3 weeks of each other. After this, and if you adhere to the programme, the visits can be reduced considerably. During the initial 2-3 weeks our goals are to identify problem areas, assess which exercises are of the greatest benefit, your adherence to the programme, make any necessary changes to your daily routine at home/work and to get you onto the second phase as quickly as possible.
Sessions take place at our Sunderland venue or home visits can be arranged.