• What does the term “Bio-mechanics” mean?

    Bio-mechanics is a term which refers to how your body works, both at rest and while you are moving. It provides a way to assess the relationship between your muscles, bones and joints in various states of rest and motion. It also helps to highlight the way structural issues can cause problems with your day to day activities.

    If you feel that you are experiencing aches or pains that are out of proportion to the level of activity that you perform, especially without experiencing an injury or history of trauma (such as being in a workplace or car accident), then you may actually have an underlying bio-mechanical issue that needs to be addressed.

    For example, if your foot rolls inward more than normal (over-pronates) when you walk or run it will cause your hip to rotate inwards and your knee(s) will follow, which puts excessive stress on your surrounding joints, muscles and ligaments. This can then become an acute soft tissue injury in the short term or cause ongoing chronic joint problems in the long term.

    Some typical ‘bio-mechanical’ pains for you to be aware of include:

    • Foot – e.g. Plantar Fasciitis (Heel pain)

    • Ankle – e.g. Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy

    • Lower Limb – Shin splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

    • Knee – Anterior Knee Pain (Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome)

    • Hip – Ilio-Tibial Band Friction Syndrome

    • Low Back – Sacro-Iliac Joint pain or dysfunction

    If you would like to have your bio-mechanics assessed by one of our Physiotherapists, please give us a call on (03) 9873 3333 to make an appointment today.

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