Our one day post graduate course explores biomechanics and normal human movement. Students use our computerised movement lab to enable them to observe normal movements, increasing their examination skills and understanding of normal movements and biomechanics as they occur. This is a practical and theory based course focused on providing students with the increased skills needed to observe biomechanics and improve treatment outcomes.
Many therapists start their examinations by observing patient’s movements, and most therapy paradigms aim to restore normal movement. But both our undergraduate training and postgraduate courses often fail to tell us what normal movement is. Research shows that range of movement is often not symmetrical in normal individuals. We cannot rely on “left should be the same as right”. This raises many questions: How is movement created and controlled? What is the normal range of hip rotation during walking? Can we as clinicians measure it? If we, as therapists, do not understand normal movement how can we examine abnormal movement?