Postural Assessment by Physiotherapists (infographic)
Posture is the position a person holds their body while sitting, lying down or standing.
Posture assessment (or Posture analysis) is the examination of a person’s posture to see if there is an imbalance in the body that could be causing discomfort and pain.
The human body functions best when it is in the right posture. When the body exhibits right postural alignment, it moves and distributes the weight evenly allowing the joints, muscles, and spine to work in harmony helping us to move effortlessly. If anything is out of alignment, then pain or injury can occur.
- Ideal posture
- Pelvis is natural
- Balanced muscles
- Earlobes are situated right above the shoulders
- Natural curvature of the spine
- The anterior superior iliac spine is above the pubic tubercle
Postural Analysis: Abnormal postures
- Military posture
- Swayback posture
- Flatback posture
Who benefits from a postural assessment?
Any person can opt for postural analysis and learn how the body adapts to life. As we age, we build up weaknesses and alterations in our movements through bad habits like sitting the entire day at a desk or forgetting to relax before and after exercising. A postural analysis shows these and gives awareness on how to change them. Any person who is under recurring pain will benefit from a postural assessment.
How a postural assessment is done?
A physiotherapist provides you with hands-on treatment, helpful home products, and posture correction exercises to achieve your natural posture again. Once they assess the malfunction completely, they will build out a treatment program that will be able to return the posture to its natural level. A physiotherapist usually checks into the following for a postural assessment.
- Posterior view
- Medio-lateral view
- Basic postures
- Scapula movements
- Neck stretches