One of the questions I get over and over is… What is Biomechanics Coaching?
So let me explain…
I started working in fitness 18 years ago as a Personal Trainer and Class Instructor. And over those years I realised that there was something missing with regards to getting my clients to perform at their best without all the little niggles that come with training or even just our day to day life.
I felt at the time that Sports Massage would help me to help my clients. And so I retrained. And it did help. Initially. But then I found that my clients were having to come back to me again and again as the issues kept coming back. I realised that there was something else missing. Something I wasn’t seeing.
Eventually I retrained once again, this time as a Biomechanics Coach (via Biomechanics Education). This meant that I could now assess the body as a whole, screening the different joints, muscles and nerves and therefore having a process of which to follow in order to correct the dysfunctions within the body that were discovered. This was the link I was missing.
Becoming a Biomechanics Coach meant I was able to combine the skills that I already possessed within Fitness & Manual Therapy with a screening process to ensure that what I was doing was making a difference. I was now able to assess, not just guess.
Biomechanics is so different from anything else I have come across. Not only do we stop chasing pain and work on the cause of the issues (as opposed to treating just the symptoms), we also allow our clients to ‘fix’ themselves. At the end of the day, who knows their body better than anyone else? It’s efficient, it’s safe, it’s practical and it get results.
Let me give you an example…
So your knee hurts when you run. You have done the usual recovery shenanigans (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and the pain went. You started running again and the knee pain came back. You go to your doctor and he checks your knees. He says they’re fine. So you go out running but the pain is still there.
So you stop running and again do what you have read or been advised about (Hello ice. Hello compression bandages). Then back to the doctor you go. Again he checks your knees. Nothing wrong he tells you. ‘Maybe you should quit running’ he suggests. ‘Maybe just walk’ he continues.
So let’s have a think about this.
If you have pain in your knees but your doctor tells you there is nothing wrong with your knees then maybe, just maybe, your knees are not the problem.
For example, if your pelvis isn’t quite moving the way it should be then this can lead to what’s referred to as a Leg Length Discrepancy. If you have a leg length discrepancy (with one leg being shorter than the other) then this can cause the body to compensate as it always wants to keep the head above the pelvis.
But how does this relate to your knees? Well the longer leg may shorten by bending the knee (think knock-kneed position). This can then increases the load and impact on the knee joints which can lead to pain and injury of your knee when you’re running.
So what do you do? Well….you correct the mechanical causes of the knee pain (ie the dysfunctional pelvis) and the knee pain will often correct itself.
This is what Biomechanics is….treating the cause of the problem and not the symptom.
So in this case treating the pelvis (problem) as opposed to the knee pain (symptom).
A Biomechanics Coach may then use different techniques (such as muscle release exercises or deep tissue massage) in order to create changes. This is just one example of the issues that Biomechanics comes across.
But what if it is not your knees that are the problem? What if it’s your back or your shoulder or anywhere else you can think of?
Thankfully Biomechanics Coaching allows us to view the body as a whole. So no matter where your issue feels to you, we are able to assess rather than just guess.
At the end of the day it is my job to enable you to move more freely, and this then tends to mean less pain. So regardless of where your issues lie, a Biomechanics Assessment can help us identify whether your pelvis is causing your shoulder restriction, or your thoracic spine is causing the tingling in your fingers, or any other possible symptoms and causes there may be.
But what if you don’t have any niggles? Can Biomechanics be of any use?
Biomechanics is about working with the body so as to allow optimal performance. So regardless of whether you want to improve the mechanics of your overhead squat, improve your running technique or ease those niggles, Biomechanics can help.
So if you have an issue that is not being resolved elsewhere or simply want to move more freely then please get in touch.