Why focus on function?
Our bodies are complex biomechanical machines. A structural frame is
provided by our skeletons. The various bones are held together at the
joints by muscles, tendons and ligaments and controlled by nerves.
Complex movements, like walking, eating or dressing involve the
orchestrated and precise activation of multiple joints to make this
frame move, the right way at the right time, which allows us to
function. Even small irregularities of joint movement, such as
alignment, pattern or timing can lead to poor function and pain.
Our bodies adapt to injuries, pathologies or even lifestyle related
postures, learning to alter the symphony of muscle activation, joint
alignment and movement. Understanding this symphony is called functional
analysis and requires accurate measurement of the joints and forces on
them during movement.
Traditional imaging technologies like MRI or ultrasound can provide
information about what the joint/muscles/tendons look like, but do not
tell us how well the joint is working (functional performance).
- There are as many as 360 joints in the human body.
Joints are made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles,
and nerves, any/all of which can cause problems with the FUNCTION of
a joint that can be seen on MoCap.
The major joints in the arms and legs can deteriorate over time
(chronic) or suddenly through injury (acute).
Joint Analytics aim to help you visualise those joints that are
functioning poorly and to use that information to enhance your
- Tendons are found in joints all over your body.
- Tendons are the parts of muscle that connect to the bone.
- Tendons have a poor blood supply.
With time tendons become worn out and can rupture/tear either slowly
(chronic) or suddenly (acute).
Many people live with tendon problems (tendinopathies) and do not
Tendinopathies respond well to a balance of rest and joint specific
Examples of common tendon problems include the Achilles tendon and
the rotator cuff within the shoulder.
There are around 700 skeletal muscles in the human body that help to
Muscles can tear/rupture suddenly, leading to pain and abnormal
Muscles can also be affected by disease e.g. muscular dystrophies.
These diseases can be present from birth e.g. genetic or acquired
later in life e.g. myasthenia gravis.
When muscles of the arms, back and legs are affected MoCap can
identify the problematic area.
Joint Analytics can help you and your therapist/doctor/surgeon
provide the appropriate treatment with an accurate, objective and
reliable scan using Motion capture technology.
- Ligaments connect bones to other bones with the joint.
They can become injured suddenly (acute) or worn out over decades
The ligament damage can cause abnormal function within the joint,
for example, abnormal walking patterns.
The knee, for example, has several ligaments including the Anterior
Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Joint Analytics can detect abnormal function within a joint that may
respond well to therapy, by analysing with markers and video
technology (Motion Capture or MoCap).
- Nerves can affect the function of how a joint works.
For example, if the one of the nerves supplying the leg muscles is
injured or trapped by a slipped disc in the back, then you may walk
with a limp.
MoCap picks up irregular joint movements / walking patterns, that
may be caused by nerve problems.
Your therapist/doctor can then use this information to help you.
Further testing can be recommended with EMG (Electromyography) or
NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) to increase the diagnostic potential.
"If you can not measure it, you can not improve it."