Anatomy in Motion

Reconnect with your body in motion, and learn to walk as nature intended

About Anatomy in Motion

Anatomy in Motion (AiM)

AiM is a completely new way of looking at pain and dysfunction. The brainchild of renowned Sports Therapist Gary Ward (author of What The Foot?), AiM is a systematic approach to assessing and influencing movement through gait (walking). Much of the chronic pain people experience can be mapped to problems in the gait cycle. Correcting these problems helps the body return to balance and a pain free space.

Why we need to change

How many times have you released the same tight spot with a tennis ball, specific stretch or foam roller? Have you ever wondered why the same spots repeatedly become tight or painful? Or, if you have sought treatment for chronic pain or an injury, how often do practitioners go straight to the site of pain? Or you feel better for a few days after the treatment and then the pain returns?

Stop chasing pain

Have you ever heard the expression ‘Stop Chasing Pain’? Unfortunately ‘chasing pain’ by specifically treating the site of pain is what dominates most of today’s healthcare industry. It’s based around a flawed, out of date concept. The idea that if something hurts, there must be damage or inflammation in the tissue.

The truth is, the site of pain is rarely the true problem. The site of pain is often simply the physical evidence that the body is compensating for something, and is therefore no longer balanced. Identifying how and why your body is compensating, and then correcting these patterns, is the primary goal of Anatomy in Motion.

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It’s time to rethink the traditional approach to treating pain

The AiM Philosophy

The Anatomy in Motion (AiM) philosophy means we’re actually really interested in YOU. Not just your pain. The way you move, your posture and the pain you may be experiencing simply represent the journey of your life. We need to really understand this journey in order to really help you.

Throughout life your body can go out of balance for many reasons. Previous injury, lifestyle habits and even stress can all change the way we function. When the body is out of balance, some structures are forced to work harder than they normally would. They’re basically picking up the slack for somewhere else not pulling its weight.

Over time, this may cause overworked muscles / ligaments to send out distress signals in an effort to gain your attention. These signals are processed in the brain, and what was first felt as a slight niggle, or tightness can develop into a chronic painful condition. Often pain is the overworking structure really trying to get your attention!

It’s true that rubbing the painful area often makes the signal / pain go away, albeit only temporarily. But surely a better solution is to identify why and how the the body is out of balance, and address that. If you return the body to a more neutral balanced state, then each part does its share of the work.

How often do you walk? When was the last time your gait was properly assessed?

Think about it…

Important considerations you may not be aware of:

The nervous system can be compensating for the effects of an injury long after the tissue has completely healed. In fact, we see this with almost all our chronic pain patients.

People often accept living with chronic pain because an MRI scan or X-ray has indicated structural abnormalities. However, most people over the age of 30 show some degenerative changes but this doesn’t mean all these people are in pain! The important thing is, are you compensating and if so why and how?

Compensation often occurs as a threat response. If something is causing you pain, your body will subconsciously do everything possible to get you out of that pain, including changing movement patterns. This can lead to some areas working more, and others less.

The same movements / postures done every day eventually become habits. Over time, habits become normal, or at least what your body perceives as normal. It’s simply adapting to make your habit more efficient. However, making one habit more efficient can lead to other tasks becoming more strenuous.

AiM treatment is about helping YOUR body return to a more balanced state. Things like previous injury, stress, lifestyle habits can all make slight changes to how you move or stand. Our job is to help identify and correct these changes to help you return to balance.

Let’s take AiM at your pain today!

…and start your journey to finding centre

The AiM assessment process

The real trick to resolving chronic pain or improving movement / performance, is finding out what’s working correctly, and whats not! The more time you spend assessing and gathering information, the easier the problem is to solve! We don’t dive straight into treatment, we methodically gather all the information we can, then make a very informed decision about what’s the best treatment approach. Your AiM consultation / sessions will include:

  • 2 hour initial assessment / corrective session (it takes time to get things right)
  • Digital and analogue foot analysis (we use the cutting-edge AM CUBE with FOOTWORK PRO system)
  • Video gait assessment (we need to see how your anatomy functions in motion!)
  • Postural, biomechanical and structural assessment as needed.
  • Soft tissue evaluation using ART® and IASTM protocols.
  • AiM corrective techniques – plus any techniques which we may deem appropriate.

Anatomy in Motion give us a new innovative and highly effective way to assess and treat you. This is without doubt a ground-breaking approach to treating chronic pain and movement dysfunction.

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Some of the techniques we use

ART

Active Release Techniques®

KT-Tape
Kinesiology Taping

IASTM

IASTM / Graston Technique®

FMS
Functional Movement Screen

Am-CUBE

Footwork PRO

AiM

Anatomy in Motion

SFMA

SFMA

Medical-Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture

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Move better – Feel better – Pain free

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