Thursday, October 28, 2010
Top 100 Biomechanical Guidelines #6: Err for Greater Stability (not necessarily comfort) in your treatment
When treating patients I have learned that you are rarely wrong by making recommendations that will make someone more stable. The runner in the photo above is so stable. That stability is seen in the solid foot plant, the centered knees and hips, the erect posture, the solid head position, and the power implied by the arm swing. To get patients to this position may take alittle or alot of work. Motion Control or Stability shoes and corrective orthotic devices may be necessary to get great foot position (see previous post). Knee, hip, and core strengthening may be needed for 3 to 12 months to keep the knees centered. To improve arm and trunk positioning, personal training may be important. Everything is geared for greater and greater stability, and with that stability, comes greater and greater strength.
Always ask (whether you are the health care provider or patient)---How can I make the body work better that may help this problem and help prevent future problems?