We now offer OptoGait for El Dorado Hills
What is OptoGait?
OptoGait is an innovative system for movement analysis and functional assessment of patients with normal or pathological conditions. The system is equipped with two LED optical sensors working together with an accuracy of 1 cm, detecting relevant space and time parameters for gait, running, and many other test types. The OptoGait positioned on a treadmill makes it possible to observe the parameter of the gait cycle in real time. Precise measurements of contact time, flight time, swing time, step length, stride length, stride angle, height and speed are recorded during each test. This allows for an easy comparison between the two legs.
The objective measurements of data and the video analysis make it possible to:
- Assess an individual’s general physical condition.
- Identify deficiencies, postural problems and asymmetries with data and video.
- Develop and apply therapeutic interventions including, stretches, strengthening, Graston Technique® soft tissue and joint mobilizations appropriate for the asymmetries identified.
- Prevent relapses and reoccurrences.
- Periodically verify the results and effectiveness of the treatment.
- Motivate individuals with tangible proof of improvement.
- Verify in a dynamic situation, the efficacy of arch supports, insoles, and Kinesiotaping.
- Compare various shoes and their effect on the patient’s gait.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
It is important to wear attire in which the evaluator can readily see your lower half, pelvic heights, arm swing, etc. Running shorts or similar shorts, a t-shirt or tank and your running shoes that you customarily wear are all appropriate. You will want to be properly nourished and hydrated.
How long will the assessment take?
The initial running evaluation, discussion of findings and treatment will take 90 minutes. Follow up assessments and treatment will take 60 minutes.
What will I receive from this appointment and any follow up visits?
Your initial running evaluation will include:
- A thorough running history.
- A biomechanical analysis using slow motion video and sensors.
- A custom developed program to address imbalances that may be contributing to inefficiencies in your gait cycle, reduced speed and performance, pain and/or injury.
- Your program will include: Education, discussion on running styles and principals, personalized stretches, strengthening, and drills, manual therapy using Graston Technique® to break down scar tissue that may be causing restricted mobility.
- Shoe wear and orthotic analysis.
- A report that includes photos and computerized numerical data generated from the OptoGait analysis.
Follow up visits will include:
- Re-evaluation of gait mechanics and comparison to the initial visit.
- Additional “hands-on” treatments and adjustments and/or introduction to new drills, stretches and strengthening exercise.