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November 28, 2016

Do I need a front posture assessment?

If you’re like most keyboard warriors or part of the more than 2/3s of Americans who have a smartphone, then the likely answer is yes you do. Don’t wait until you have neck pain, back pain or a knee injury, if you have the correct knowledge – you will be able to PREVENT  issues from occurring. With the right assessments (aided by professionals / mirrors/ software) you can usually address issues before they occur.

The most common posture assessment are front posture and side posture assessments. These posture assessments would normally be done by a personal trainer, physical therapist or chiropractor.

Front posture

A good front posture shows the person is aligned in three dimensions:

    • Rotation: The subjects shoulders are aligned with the sensor. When we start the assessment we ensure the subjects ankles are aligned with the sensor, hence if one shoulder is anteriorly rotated (closer to the sensor) we can determine that there is rotation in the body.
    • Tilt: The subjects shoulders are on the same level horizontally. If one shoulder is lower than the other one it can for example result from pelvic tilt or leg length discrepancy.
    • Shift: The subjects posture is shifted more to one side. Can result from pelvic tilt, lower back alignment or leg length discrepancy.

good-posture

Example of postural shift:

shifted-posture

A shifted posture would normally require the wellness pro to go through in detail possible causes for the shifting (e.g differences in leg length, tightness in hip or lower back etc).

The rotation measurement is quite difficult to pick up visually or even using plumb-lines, so it was a surprise for me personally when I learned that I had a slight measure of rotation in my body, about one inch / 3 cm usually. When we start the front posture assessment we ensure the subjects ankles are aligned with the sensor, hence if one shoulder is anteriorly rotated (closer to the sensor) we can determine that there is rotation in the body. Since learning this I’ve ensured to pay extra attention to balancing both strength & stretching work on each side.

Stay tuned to find out next about the side posture assessment. To find out more about how Move Correctly can help your wellness business reach out to us here!