Walking is part of what makes us human, which is why so many of us take it for granted. But in reality, each step represents a complex biomechanical process that calls into play a chain reaction of nerve signals, muscle activation, joint articulation. On either end of each step, your body is attempting to define its position in space, maintain balance and stabilize the transfer of forces that results from movement. Now, if we are just going for a walk, this process barely registers. But if you are looking to improve your athletic performance, biomechanics is one of the best places to start. Lower limb biomechanics play a huge role in our success on the playing field, both in terms of improving performance and preventing injury. Let's take a look at this concept in a little more depth.
Joints throughout the body, as well as muscles and your nervous system must all work in tandem to make movement. And this process is at the center of chiropractic science. The first important part of lower limb biomechanics is alignment from foot to lower back. When athletes complain of lower body, or lower back, dysfunction and pain, we often look first at the lower limb alignment. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we perform a biomechanical assessment of the lower limb to determine shortcomings like a joint's restricted mobility, weakness in a key muscle, instability or imbalance, and poor posture. The findings from this assessment help us determine how we can restore balance and alignment throughout the lower back and lower body, using chiropractic adjustment, corrective exercise and stretching.
At our office in Milpitas, we believe in helping athletes find smart solutions to improve naturally. If you are interested in finding out more about the complex biomechanical process of movement and how it affects your athletic performance, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.