Just like posture, there is no ideal running gait. However, we do know that there are certain factors which can influence risk of injury. Load management is crucial to a safe return to running painfree. Kinetic changes (changes in the force on joints) and kinematic changes (changes in angles of joints) are areas where rehabilitation can have great effect. Strengthening exercises alone, have been shown to reduce kinetic loads but have less of an influence on kinematics.
By making simple changes to the way you run (even for just a short time), subtle changes to biomechanics can be made. Distribution of load is therefore altered and can reduce pain. There is evidence for reduction of load in the knee, hip and tibia with subtle gait changes. These include cadence (stride rate), step width, strike pattern and the abovementioned biomechanical changes.
Through 3D motion analysis of running gait on a treadmill, coupled with strength assessments of the muscles around the hip and knee in our 4D lab, these subtle patterns are recognised enabling a more directed strategy to reduce pain and increase efficiency. Data of your running gait is compared with a huge bank of data taken from both recreational and professional runners to see where the largest deviations occur. This information directs simple but effective strategies for a more efficient running pattern and to reduce pain.