This crazy winter is on its way out, and while we’re all hoping spring is just around the corner, Punxsutawney Phil says we need to be patient a few more weeks yet. So what to do with the time? In addition to re-assessing your gear, getting a fresh tune-up for your bike and putting a coat of conditioner on your wetsuit, spring is a great time to get a full check-up on your gait and see what you want to work on as this run season gets underway.
What happens during a Video Gait Analysis?
First, we’ll do a one-on-one evaluation that includes discussion of your goals and challenges, a subjective history, functional testing on running form, strength, flexibility and balance. Then, we’ll put you on a treadmill and get some video of you walking and running, followed by an in-depth analysis using Dartfish Motion Analysis software and, of course, the smart and seasoned insight of your physical therapist. The whole thing takes about an hour to complete.
Who is appropriate for a Video Gait Analysis?
Would it be presumptuous to say, “Anyone that wants to quickly move their body under foot power from point A to point B as comfortably as possible”? Video Gait Analysis used to be reserved purely for the pros, but now it’s available to new runners, hardcore recreational runners, age groupers and pros alike. Yes, it’s great for someone experiencing a nagging pain or obvious gait quirk, like strange rotation, flailing ankles or uneven foot placement, but it is also very helpful for those who just want to run more efficiently and avoid pain down the line. It can also be an excellent starting off point for a physical therapist, personal trainer or other health care provider in helping to identify form flaws and applying the findings to a customized treatment/coaching program.
Does Video Gait Analysis require a prescription or referral?
Nope! We’re happy to set you up with Video Gait Analysis and talk with you about what you’re experiencing on the run, no referral needed. The cost is $200 and it includes the analysis and an overview of key points and actionable thoughts following the analysis. It can serve as a stand-alone benchmark-setting and learning session to inform your season, or as a launching point for a more in-depth physical therapy or coaching program, depending on the findings. Your therapist will talk you through the options during your Video Gait Analysis visit.
How do I schedule a VGA?
Call our downtown San Francisco location at 415-904-8707 to schedule. To get your analysis in before spring kicks into full gear, call soon– It can take 1-2 weeks to get on the schedule as these take a full hour to block out, and we want to give you our full attention.
What else should I know?
Please wear a shirt and shorts in contrasting colors, and wear shorts where the entire knee is visible. Lastly, bring your running shoes and a curious mind!