Hunter Physio are Newcastle’s leading running physiotherapists providing running analysis and injury treatment and prevention

Running is a very effective and enjoyable way to exercise. It provides an excellent way to keep fit and feel good about yourself.

We Want To Be Your Running Physio

At Hunter Physio,  we want you to be pain-free and running at your best. Whether you play sports that involve running, run in competitive races or just run to keep fit; we strive to be your favourite “running physio”.

Does Running Have a Downside?

 Unfortunately, one of the downsides of running is that statistically more than half of runners will sustain an injury in any given year, with the majority of these injuries being overuse injuries.

Overuse injuries build up over time and include conditions like patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), tibial stress syndrome (commonly known as “stress fractures”), low back pain, Achilles and patellar tendon problems, plantar fasciitis (pain under the heel) and ITB friction syndrome.

Video Gait Analysis Can Help Avoid Running Injuries

We know that our biomechanics, the way we move, impacts heavily on the prevalence of overuse conditions. Analysing a person’s running technique is a great way to identify any underlying biomechanical issues and allows corrective and preventative strategies to be put in place that will give runners the best possible chance of getting through their training loads without breaking down.

Footwear, increases in training load, environmental conditions and running surface also play a big part in how much load we are subject to.

Common Causes Of Overuse Running Injuries

While problems show themselves in different ways during video-analysis, there are certainly some root causes that can be common amongst a number of

overuse injuries. These include poor mechanics of the foot, inadequate core strength and stability, pelvic control issues, stride inconsistencies or unnecessary trunk movements.

Who can benefit from a Physio Running Assessment?

At Hunter Physio, we not only want to help with injuries that do arise, but to look at technique and biomechanics to help you maximise your performance and prevent injuries before they occur, to keep you on track. We are able to assist runners of all levels, whether a beginner, fun runner or elite marathon runner.

What To Expect At A Physio Running Assessment

The Physio Running Assessment is a two-step process. When you first attend your running assessment, we speak to you about your running goals, discuss your current and past training and discuss your relevant injury history. During this session we perform a detailed biomechanical assessment  – including treadmill video analysis – that looks at muscle control, flexibility and running technique.

At your subsequent consultation, you’ll receive a summary report based on your assessment findings, which details recommendations and strategies to prevent injury and improve performance. All designed to help you to get the most out of your running.

At Your Initial Physio Running Assessment (60 mins Consult)

 We review your running goals and training history

  • Discuss current or previous injury concerns
  • Perform a run-specific musculoskeletal screening and biomechanical assessment – looking at muscle control, strength and flexibility
  • Assess running technique with treadmill video analysis

Your Follow Up Consultation (30 mins consult)

  • Review your assessment and video analysis results
  • Receive a written report with recommendations to prevent injury and improve performance (flexibility; muscle conditioning/control; technique; running loads, footwear)
  • Provide an exercise program addressing areas for improvement

What To Bring

  • Your running shoes and shorts

Eligible Health Fund Rebates Apply To Your Consultations

  • Bring your private health fund card to claim your eligible extras cover on the spot

Whether you’re currently getting aches and pains during your run, wanting to stay injury-free, looking to improve your performance, or simply new to running and looking for guidance, a detailed running assessment can help you achieve your goals.

Call Hunter Physio today on 49653511 to book your running assessment.