Force plate testing is a valuable tool for assessing an individual's lower body function and is often used in rehab and sports performance settings. This technology measures the ground reaction forces generated by an individual during various movements, providing insight into their power and force production abilities. At Apollo Performance Chiropractic, we utilize force plate testing with many of our patients, from those returning from surgery to all types of lower body injuries, and even for performance focuses.
One of the most important metrics measured by force plate testing is leg asymmetries. This is when there is a difference in the force production between the left and right legs. Leg asymmetries can lead to compensation patterns, which can lead to further injury and decreased performance. By identifying leg asymmetries through force plate testing, we can develop a more individualized treatment plan to address these imbalances.
In addition to leg asymmetries, force plate testing can also provide various measures of power and force production, including peak force, rate of force development, and power output. These metrics are important in identifying areas of weakness and developing targeted interventions to improve performance.
Having objective, data-driven metrics is essential in creating a thorough rehab plan. It allows us to track progress and make adjustments as needed to ensure optimal outcomes. By utilizing force plate testing, we can provide our patients with individualized care that addresses their unique needs and goals. Overall, force plate testing is a valuable tool in assessing lower body function and improving performance, and we are proud to offer this technology to our patients at Apollo Performance Chiropractic.