Biomechanic assessment

In 2013, (I think) I prolapsed L5-S1 discs and had a bulge at L4 and suffered unbearable pain because the sciatic nerve was pinched. I received nerve root block injections which was a god send. Unfortunately, I was left with some nerve damage and since then, I’ve always felt a slight weakness in my right leg and because I started to compensate when my back was in pain, I developed an imbalance in my pelvis that affected my hip too.

A friend who is a specialist spinal physio previously gave me some exercises to strengthen my gluteus medius, probably the weakest arse muscle. 😂 I completed these exercises daily for a few months then it ended up about twice a week and then none. Every now and then I start doing them again. After my biomechanical assessment, I’ll be starting them again 🤣

I’m getting a second chance to run the amazing London Marathon this year for United Response 😱😱! I can’t mess this up!

Since I started to increase my mileage I’ve noticed my right leg getting fatigued quicker than usual and I feel more of an imbalance from my pelvis/right hip. So I immediately started doing my old Physiotherapy exercises. I’ve been doing lots of posterior and anterior pelvic tilts, bridges, clams – you name it, I’m doing it! I know where my weaknesses are so need to get on top of them before I get an injury.

On the back of this, Emma (my partner) had booked in to get her orthotics updated with the specialist she used to rehab her ankle operation. She offered to pay for my assessment and booked me in too. I was dead excited as I’d wanted one for ages but covid happened.

Premier Clinic

We went to ‘The Premier Clinic’ in Blackburn. Shaun is fantastic! He did my biomechanical analysis and gait analysis, got me to do some squats, looked at my hips and pelvic tilt, did some various muscle examinations then I stepped on the the RS pressure plate. I walked up and down the track thing a few times. All the pressure in my feet and how I stepped, how my foot left the floor and landed was all feeding back to the computer. Technology is amazing! What I liked is that he knew what he was looking for before the machine told him. Based on the information the machine gave, Shaun can have my custom orthotics made to fix my gait and imbalances.

At the clinic
The RS foot scan pressure plate.
This is not my results but it is what my screen looked like. So fascinating.

So….long story short. As suspected, I have a pelvic drop on the right side. I’m going to have custom made sports orthotics to help my gait and imbalance. I have to start working harder at strengthening my lazy weak arse – again! So, from yesterday I started with the old physio exercises for the Gluteus Medius 😭 hate them! but will be worth it. I’ve also noticed my hip flexors are quite tight, so mega stretching sessions coming up! I’m gonna have an arse that can crush nuts before Christmas 😝🥳

Thank you for reading or falling asleep! Have a wonderful week ahead xxx

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