New Concepts in Recovery Science: Richmond Vector Training Program

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Dr. Nordt and his research team have created a novel exercise program, the object of which is to optimize joint mechanics and reduce stress concentrations by understanding and controlling stress vectors. The program is designed for patients with cartilage damage and osteoarthritis of the knee and incorporates weight-bearing exercises focused on tri-planar control of the foot and hip to promote proper alignment of the knee.

Proper alignment is continually stressed in standing, walking, occasionally running as well as transfers from sitting to standing and stair climbing. Emphasis is placed on motor control in the performance of the exercises rather than high repetition endurance training or overload strength training. Exercises are performed without footwear and in view of mirrors for visual feedback.

Kinesthetic awareness is promoted by verbal cuing and manual correction in activity performance. Concurrent clinical research using this novel exercise approach has generated outcomes of improved knee joint alignment instance, walking, and on stairs in as little as six weeks of training. Patients report “awareness of how to use the knee” as well as decreased symptoms of pain and improved function.

Motion Analysis

Vector analysis is the key to the development of the Richmond Vector Training Program. Understanding vector patterns and their control is the core of the program. It is through this neuromuscular training that we believe cartilage stress concentration is minimized and cartilage preservation is maximized.

The labs at Biomotion offer three-dimensional computerized Motion Analysis to evaluate forces that move through the body. In addition to being used in academic kinesiology labs, computerized motion capture systems are used to create video-games and motion pictures. With this technology, very refined determinations of normal and abnormal motion patterns can be ascertained. Combining state-of-the-art equipment, software, and clinical expertise, our lab provides precise measurements and descriptions of an individual’s walking, running and movement patterns.

As you can see, Dr. Nordt is on the cutting edge of recovery science in Richmond, Virginia. If you’re interested in learning more about the various treatments we offer, contact Dr. Nordt today.

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