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Biomechanics

“Mechanics is the field of science concerned with the study of the motion of objects; biomechanics is the study of mechanics in biological systems. The specialised field we work in, which studies biological and man-made systems, is ‘sports biomechanics’.
Anthony Blazevich, Sports Biomechanics, A&C Black Ltd, 2007

Physiotherapists apply their knowledge of biomechanics to almost every patient, in many different scenarios. It helps us to understand the reasons why someone may be experiencing pain or dysfunction and how it can be addressed. A biomechanical fault will often be present even in the absence of pain or injury but identifying these issues can prevent problems before they happen.

So how is it relevant to you? At OHP your physiotherapist will not only be able to treat your injury but help you understand why the injury may have occurred and what you can do to stop it recurring. For example, a runner may have knee pain which is ultimately being caused by flat feet (overpronation of the subtalar joint) and poor hip control leading to increased stress on the knee when he or she runs. Any practitioner can treat the knee pain and reduce the pain temporarily but unless they have an understanding of sports biomechanics, the problem of faulty foot and hip mechanics will continue and the knee pain is likely to recur. Our practitioners at Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy take a holistic approach to injury – we not only treat the damaged structure but address the wider issues that are often the root cause of the problem.

At OHP we have a vast experience of what is known as athletic screening. This is a process by which an athlete (recreational or elite), who may be perfectly fit and pain free, is assessed for biomechanical faults or muscular imbalances. Any issues are then identified by the Physiotherapist and treatment or an exercise regime can be prescribed. This will not only help the athlete to continue training without developing an injury, it will often significantly improve their sporting performance.

Contact us now for an athletic screening consultation – after all, prevention is better than cure.