Postural Assessment at The Sport & Performing Arts Injury Clinic is a thorough evaluation of how your body has adapted to every day stress and strains and how this now affects your movement.
From birth, the way we lie, sit, stand and move has an impact on our posture, often moving it from it’s optimal position to an unbalanced one.
We carry heavy bags, sit looking at computers, play musical instruments, drive and sit for long periods and wear inappropriate footwear.
All of this makes our body adapt and soft tissues strain to hang on to our head and limbs. We all know the feeling of tight shoulders, aching neck and a head that just feels too heavy.
It’s not just a case of “sitting up straight”. Most people when asked to do this will push out the chest and hyperextend the spine which only serves to make matters worse.
This imbalance in mechanics causes muscle weakness, tightened fascia, decreased flexibility and joint compression, which when bad enough results in pain and dysfunction.
The brain wants to see straight forward and will take the easy route, not necessarily the best one, so re-education of muscle groups, treatment to release tight fascia and learning to listen to your body are all important in the quest for your optimum posture.
A postural assessment session, lasting about an hour can help to catch imbalances and abnormalities early before they become problematic or it can be an insight into why you may be suffering from aches and pains that just will not go away.
A full postural assessment is carried out during gait and biomechanics analysis or it can be an assessment in it’s own right.
You will be provided with a report after the session and your therapist will discuss how problems might be alleviated through various posture techniques, exercises and where necessary, treatment.