What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the study and understanding of the mechanics of the body. As in any machine the mechanics must be working correctly in order for the machine to function at an optimum level. The body is no different. Interestingly a lot of Chartered Physiotherapists actually study Engineering before they progress to a Physiotherapy Course.

If the body is not in good alignment then it will not function at an optimum level, there will be stresses and strains applied to the body and these may cause pain.

Gait Assessment

Gait Assessment

In Kilkenny Physiotherapy & Sports Injury clinic, we do a full biomechanical assessment to determine why an individual is suffering from pain or poor function. This includes analysing gait or how you walk.

The most common issues found are:

• The foot may not be positioned optimally on the ground
• There may be limitation of movement at some joints
• There may be shortening of some muscles
• There may be weakness in some muscles, particularly at the hip

Our approach to treatment:

Assessing the position of the foot

Assessing the position of the foot

This will be dependent on the assessment findings and may include:
• Physiotherapy treatment to improve alignment of the body
• Exercise prescription to stretch and strengthen relevant muscles
• Provision of some type of insole or corrective device for the shoe.

It is imperative that the patient is fully assessed by a chartered physiotherapist and then followed up to ensure that biomechanical deviations are properly addressed.

Biomechanical Related Injuries which we treat:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Heel spur and heel pain
• Severs disease
• Metatarsalgia and forefoot pain
• Bunions
• Recurrent ankle sprains.
• Achilles Tendonitis and Calf tightness or strains
• Shin Splints
• Oosgoold Schlatters Disease
• Chondromalacia Patella and Runners knee
• On-going hamstring & groin pain.
• Hip Pain and Low Back Pain
• Recurrent shoulder instability and Elbow pain,
• Thoracic or neck Pain
• Headaches

Biomechanical related injuries in Children:

Strengthening and balance exercises

Strengthening and balance exercises

  • Growing Pains
  • Flat feet
  • Walking on toes or turned in Toes, Walking funny
  • Foot, heel, knee, hip & back Pain
  • Clumsiness, Inco-ordination
  • Poor sporting ability or Walking or running funny
  • Obesity,
  • Laziness and
  • Dosn’t like going for walks
  • Headaches 
  • Poor posture

Can children’s growing pains be treated?

Have you ever asked yourself why some people are always injured and some are not??
Children who suffer what is termed as “Growing Pains” often have underlying biomechanical deviations, and although they may appear to grow out of them, they can be the cause of many problems in the future.
Genetics and the lifestyle of our children often predispose to biomechanical deviations. All of these are treatable.