CANBERRA Movement therapy

Movement Therapy is a movement-based approach to healing your body developed by GARY WARD, founder of ANATOMY IN MOTION (AIM™) AND AUTHOR OF THE BOOK WHAT THE FOOT?

Anatomy in Motion is a movement oriented education system. It is based on what the body does and when it does it. What I mean by that is what joints do, in what dimension of movement and in what time, for instance in our gait cycle
— Gary Ward creator of Anatomy in Motion
Gary Ward creator of Anatomy in Motion

Gary Ward creator of Anatomy in Motion

Our brains have a memory of every injury and trauma we have ever sustained. Past injuries and traumas will generally show up in your movement and can be observed in your walking gait. A big picture approach is that the brain has choices. The way people use their bodies in their daily routines has a repetitive nature, operating in fixed patterns and habit of movement. Let's take the example of you rolling your ankle off the side of a step, you are instantly going to start hobbling around to protect the system resulting in you moving and walking differently. The choice essentially becomes no choice but to move the way we move until we show the body another way. If we are able to give a person better choices for their movement, then they are going to move better. People instantly feel taller, feet start to move better, joints find better alignment, length-tension relationships of the muscles change and there is an overall lightness in the body.

Movement Therapy is a movement-based approach to body realignment, rehabilitation and the management of pain and injuries. Movement Therapy can assist with general issues related to posture, restricted movement or discomfort, as well as specific complaints, including achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, symptoms of disc herniation, back and neck pain, frozen shoulder and sports injuries.

Movement Therapy is based on a bio-mechanical understanding of the human body, according to which the entire body is assessed and treated as an interconnected system. In other words, a Movement Therapy approach treats the pain or injury in one part of the body – a particular joint, muscle or nerve - by assessing and treating the entire system of which it is part. The resolution to pain in the upper part of the body, for example, may lie in correcting the placement and movement of your foot when walking, the correction of which will then reset the entire structure of your bodily movement.  

In this way, Movement Therapy can also help with the general maintenance of body health and prevention of injury later in life. A Movement Therapy assessment today can help identify and correct posture and movement issues that have the potential to exacerbate over time.



An initial assessment and treatment at Canberra Movement Therapy will take 90 minutes and will involve a three-stage bio-mechanical evaluation, including foot plate analysis, postural assessment and dynamic assessment – all explained in more detail below.

These different assessment tools are used to identify the reason behind the specific injury or pain a client presents with, the understanding of which will then inform a tailored treatment of corrected-movement therapy. All movements will be recorded and sent to you for continued practice after your session.




Foot Pressure Plate & Gait (walking) Analysis

The foot plate analysis uses the latest plantar pressure plates technology to measure your foot pressures, weight distribution and stability. Understanding how your feet are functioning is the first step of diagnosis and treatment. Followed by analysing your gait (walk) using slow motion camera.


Postural Assessment

The postural assessment measures your static body positioning - basically looking at your posture when you’re standing in your neutral state of rest. This is assessed by mapping all your joints to form a 3D model of your current body position.


Dynamic Assessment

The aim of the dynamic assessment is to find out where your body has limitations of movement. This is assessed using gait analysis, movement analysis, range of motion testing, muscle testing, and dynamic foot plate pressures to measure how your feet and your entire body move as one complete system.



The aim of the treatment is to find out where your body has limitations of movement and start to bring your awareness to this areas of your body using movements that allow the entire body to start to move in a safe and controlled way.