Posture Assessment

Here is a description of a basic posture assessment method, using the method of placing a grid behind the subject to be assessed. Posture testing can be useful for identifying and correcting postural deviations, and for prescribing exercise to correct posture or exercise which is appropriate for a particular posture type. Postural deviations may be a result of muscle imbalances and lightness and weakness of particular joints and muscles.

aim: to assess posture using a simple method

equipment required: posture assessment grid (or you could also use a wall with vertical or horizontal markings), camera (optional)

procedure: Shoes should be removed and minimal clothing worn. The subject stands in set distance in front of a posture grid, in a natural and relaxed stance. Using a camera to capture the image makes for easier analysis, though the assessment can also be done visually without a photo. The body alignment is checked against the horizontal or vertical lines. Check the alignment of the head, neck, spine, shoulders, hips, legs, ankles etc. Repeat the assessment to compare the subject's front, side and back posture alignment.

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results: this assessment can reveal a stiff or hypermobile spine, tight muscles, kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis/spinal curvature, rounded shoulders, hyperextended joints, and an array of other alignment issues.

comments: Keep the procedure standardized in case you wish to repeat the procedure in the future to assess changes in posture over time.



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