Sign up to receive our newsletter

Gait and Applied Kinesiology

           As good an exercise as walking is, it can create problems for some people. They are literally walking themselves into imbalance, distortion and pain. If standing, walking or running increases your symptoms, this may be an issue for you.

            Structural imbalance in the feet, ankles, knees or hips can cause problems higher up. It is a lot like having a building on an unsound foundation. If the foot pronates, it causes strain in the ankles, knees and back. Foot pronation can even be the cause of shoulder problems.

            Gait is the pattern of walking. It is a complex process, coordinated by the nervous system. Muscles are facilitated and inhibited in a definite pattern. When the right leg moves forward, the muscles that move the left arm forward (flexion) and the muscles that move the right arm back (extension) are facilitated. The muscles that flex the right shoulder and extend the left shoulder are inhibited. This gait pattern is normal.

            If muscles that should be inhibited during a certain phase of gait are not inhibited, there is strain and imbalance. Problems with gait can cause muscle imbalance, spasm, strain, fatigue and pain. It can be the source of neck pain, back pain, headaches and many other problems.

A chiropractic adjustment can give relief to these symptoms, but the problem can return because the patient is literally walking into distortion. Gait problems can be the cause of symptoms returning after an adjustment. 

            A chiropractor trained in applied kinesiology knows how to test for gait problems by testing a leg and an arm at the same time, while they are in the position of normal gait. If a problem is discovered during the test, he or she will know how to correct it by helping the nervous system to function normally. Applied kinesiology can also be used to find and treat imbalances in the foot, ankle and knee.