The Gait analysis is the study of human locomotion, using the eye and the brain of observers, augmented by instrumentation for measuring body movements, body mechanics, and the activity of the muscles. Gait analysis is used to assess, plan, and treat individuals with conditions affecting their ability to walk. It is also commonly used in sports to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify posture-related or movement-related problems in people with injuries.
By acquiring the fundamental parameters of their patient’s gait, OPTOGAIT allows physical therapists, doctors, and researchers to quantitatively measure underlying mechanical inefficiencies and target any problematic areas. With this information, they can develop the right exercises to properly address the patient’s specific needs.
OptoGait is a superior tool of gait analysis which we believe will become the standard method for objectively measuring and reporting the efficacy and progress of your Chiropractic care.
OptoGait acquires numerical parameters in real-time for gait, running, jumping and march-in-place tests that can be viewed immediately. The easy to read report contains all data, and asymmetries between the two legs are highlighted instantly.
OptoGait does not only detect the numerical data, but, via small cameras, which can be freely positioned, it allows the user to acquire images of carried out tests, synchronizing them perfectly with detected events. Without the need for any further synchronization between hardware and cameras, the numerous benefits of cross verification of data and images can be fully used. A more detailed video analysis can be had by further utilizing the dedicated utility (angle, distance calculus, graphic tools, etc.).
This technology is being used in the top Olympic training camps, International Professional Sports Clubs, by top Chiropractors in the NFL for post-concussion, return-to-play assessment and by the top sports and rehab DC’s in the world. We at COF, believe that every Chiropractic office should have a 1 meter system in the front office so that every patient walking in and leaving can do a march in place test for 20 Seconds and a detailed report of balance and symmetry can be kept for their file.
The main idea of this new feature is to show the patient directly some main parameters of the test he/she is carrying out. This allows to request real-time ‘corrections’ of some trial anomalies, making the test become an exercise, not only a diagnosis. Particular attention is paid to the concept of asymmetry, i.e. the difference between right and left foot (expressed in %) with respect to a particular parameter.
A classic example is a treadmill gait test, where the patient has a monitor in front of him/her (better if a large-screen TV), where the operator can choose which parameter among those available to display, depending on the pathology or rehabilitation.
During the gait test, the patient receives a numerical/graphical feedback (in the form of green/orange/red colors and up/down arrow symbols) indicating what is not ‘working’ and how to correct it (e.g. making the left gait longer or increasing the rhythm, etc.