Technology

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3D Gait Analysis System

Running injuries - the last thing a runner wants to deal with.

This is why we are thrilled to be able to offer this innovative technology to help prevent and treat running injuries!

The 3D Gait Analysis System comes to us from the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary and utilizes a state-of-the-art Vicon camera system to accurately measure your movements in all 3 dimensions.

How does it work?

Step 1

You will be asked questions to obtain a basic history including previous injuries and current pain.

Step 2

The gait analysis will be reviewed in all three dimensions as you walk and run.

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Alter-G Treadmill

This Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps you defy the laws of gravity so you can push the limits to recover sooner, improve physical function and enhance performance like never before.

The Alter-G uses NASA Differential Air Pressure technology to unweight the user from 100% to as low as 20% of their body weight using precise increments. Something no other unweighting modality can do.

By tailoring the amount of body weight during treadmill exercise, we can provide a unique opportunity for those in the world of sports performance.

However, it’s NOT just for athletes!

In those with neurological deficits, the Alter-G allows us to provide a safe way to work on motor control, standing and ambulation without the risk of falls.

In seniors, it provides a fall-safe way to increase cardiovascular activity with reduced gravitational forces and pain.

For those with chronic conditions (such as obesity), it helps reduce the pain barrier to exercise and allows exercise intensity to increase without increasing the chance of stress-related injury.

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3D Bike Fitting

Increased Comfort. Injury Reduction. Performance Enhancement.

These are the reasons we utilize the cutting edge Retul Bike Fit System to accurately fit cyclists to their bike.

The system incorporates an amazingly precise 3-D motion capture technology, immediate report capability, and millimeter-specific digitizing tool to provide the most accurate dynamic fitting solution in the industry.

How does it work?

Step 1

You will be taken through a pre-fit physical assessment, including assessing your body’s limitations, previous injuries, pain, and your cycling goals.

Step 2

Time to get on the bike. 8 LED markers will be placed on strategic anatomical points which will be tracked by the Retul Vantage Motion Capture System. These readings provide real-time, 3-D data which will be used to determine how your bike fits you dynamically.

Step 3

From the data collected, your fitter will determine how to adjust your bike to get you into an optimal riding position.

Step 4

Once your optimal bike position is finalized, your fitter will provide you with a digital map of the final set up. This will allow you to have a reference going forwards.

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Surface EMG Monitoring

Surface Electromyography (EMG) is an easy, non-invasive way to measure the muscle electrical activity that occurs during muscle contraction and relaxation cycles.

Basically, it lets us see which muscles are active and which muscles are relaxed during various movements.

Surface EMG allows us to see multiple things:

We utilize this primarily to help us re-educate muscles that are struggling to fire, or fire appropriately.

How does it work?

Step 1

You will be hooked up to multiple sensors that communicate with the computer system wirelessly.

Step 2

You will be asked to do specific movements to try to determine the maximum activation of a muscle group. This will be shown as a line on a bar graph that is displayed on the TV in front of you. This will act as a guideline during various movements and allows you to see any differences between sides.

Step 3

You will be taken through various movements/exercises while watching the bar graphs. This will provide visual feedback on how your muscles are performing during the movements and exercises. This helps the brain to recognize whether a muscle is being used effectively or if there are differences between sides. It can then work on adjusting the input to the muscles as needed.