A client’s posture provides much information regarding the natural state of their tissues. Through postural analysis it is possible to determine which areas of their body are under more strain than others, and which muscle groups are causing this strain.
Good posture requires a person to maintain the alignment of certain body parts; poor posture is often acknowledged as a cause of musculoskeletal pain, joint restriction or general discomfort. When used in the context of therapy—physiotherapy, massage therapy, osteopathy or chiropractic, for example—the term posture more precisely describes the relationships among various parts of the body, their anatomical arrangement and how well they do or do not fit together.
Most posture assessments are performed while you are standing. The simplest type of posture analysis is a visual assessment . Major posture abnormalities can be seen with the naked eye, but a posture chart is used to pinpoint subtle posture problems. Posture may also be assessed by using a plumb line, such as a weighted string hung from the ceiling to establish a line of gravity. Posture may also be assessed by computerized analysis and this type posture assessment is considered the most precise.
Our office uses a combination of visual, posture chart, photographic and computerized assessment techniques to get the most accurate results possible. A full written report is provided along with recommendations to improve posture through exercises and treatment.