At Movement First, we use the latest in research grade technology—high-tech tools you won’t usually find at traditional physical therapy clinics—to not only precisely diagnose and effectively treat your injury, but also identify and correct poor movement patterns in order to keep you off the bench in the future. Here’s what’s in our toolbox.
High Speed Camera System
This eight camera system provides 3D views of the athlete, enabling our Movement Specialists to analyze movement from any angle. Recording at the unbelievable speed of 120 frames per second, it allows us to more precisely and accurately break down movement and look for deviations or movement faults, which would otherwise be impossible to catch with the naked eye.
Our high speed 3D camera system works with Simi motion software which allows us to measure real time joint angles, segmental rotations, velocities, power production, and torque generation to provide an accurate and objective measurement of how an athlete is moving.
Installed into the floor of our clinic, force plates can measure the amount of force an athlete produces when they step, run, cut or jump on it. With each movement, the plates respond with an equal, but opposite force, providing us with a real time visual display of whether or not an athlete is moving in a way that could cause them injury.
We attach these surface electrodes and sensors to an athlete's muscles while they perform an exercise or movement to measure muscle contractions and activation—what muscles are firing and at what magnitude. By recording this electrical activity, we can determine if certain muscles are being over or underused, and teach the athlete how to contract and relax muscles more efficiently to prevent injury.
This machine measures the max strength of individual muscles through a specific range of motion to determine the root of an athlete’s poor movement patterns: strength deficits or a motor habit.