When people come to me for an Anatomy in Motion consultation, I'm often asked: "why do you need to know what happened to me years ago?" To find the root cause of re-occurring problems, investigation is needed - piecing together all of your past traumatic injuries, both physical and emotional. You might have forgotten about it but your brain certainly has not.
Investigation is exactly what was done for this client and she gave permission to use the photos. Gait video analysis (walking analysis) is part of my assessment process for every client. Meeting this client for a free consultation I had the opportunity to take a video of her walk prior to our appointment the following day. Client had reported a nerve-type pain in her upper arm. Rounded shoulders were maintained while walking, keeping our shoulders in this position could potentially restrict the space where nerves pass through and potentially cause impingements. Comparing the photos, you see the left hip is higher in the top left and you can notice a narrow right foot stance in the bottom left.
So what did this mean? My instinct was telling me she might be avoiding putting full weight through her right foot. Rather than assume I waited, gathered more information and let her body tell me what's going on.
For me, the question is always why is this happening? Had I just treated the site of the problem, I would have totally missed the bigger picture of what was going on. This is why my investigation always begins with a detailed health history, postural analysis and lots of questions. The history showed a fracture to the right big toe at approximately 3 years of age. This corresponds to what I was seeing in the videos.
So what had her big toe got to do with her shoulder pain? Let me connect the dots.
Postural analysis identified rounded shoulder posture, common with office workers, which was her profession.
Health history identified a fractured big toe.
Walking analysis before treatment identified that she kept her weight in her left hip and did not want to shift her hips over to her right foot.
Now, the position that follows the photos is where we would maximally weight bear on our right foot. Achieving this position is the one opportunity we have as we walk to extend our spine and bring our shoulder blades together, experiencing the opposite of rounded shoulders.
So, we had all this information and a nerve type pain in her arm.
What if I could show her brain a safe position that she could fully weight bear on her right foot and be able to bring her shoulder blades together, thus freeing some space for the nerves that travel from the shoulder into the arms? Using Anatomy in Motion, that's exactly what was done as you can see from the photos. Her body re-organised itself, integrating new movement into her system and relieving the pain in her arm.
Do you have a desk job which affects your posture? Have you ever broken or fractured any bone? Wonder if this could be affecting how you move? Are you experiencing pain and want to work out why?
If so, get in touch and let's connect the dots together.