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Assessing your posture 

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How we look at ourselves standing ‘front on’ is another commonly viewed interpretation of how well our posture is doing. When looking from this position place an imaginary line running straight up and down from the middle of the body. This will become know as the ‘mid line’ and directs our assessment into two halves (Left and Right). Using the cues below, check out how you are doing.

 

Feet

Do your feet:

  • Look like they are resting evenly?
  • Mirror each other (placed the same side to side)?
  • Face straight ahead or slightly out? Is one foot turned out more than the other?

How are the arches of your feet? Are they:

  • collapsed, and not offering the necessary support for your feet.





Arches of the feet

 

knee, lower leg, thigh, pelvis

Knee/Lower leg

Do your knees face straight ahead? Or does:

  • One knee turn in or out more than the other? Or,
  • Do they both turn too far in or out?

Thigh

  • Does it look like you stand on one leg more than the other?
  • Do you favour one leg/side more than the other?

Pelvis

  • Does one side of your hip sit higher than the other?
  • Does it look as though you are shifting over to your left or right?  Or are they balanced in the middle.

To better understand what is happening at your pelvis, look at:

  • Your elbows and compare how much space you have between the elbow and waist on the left, and the elbow and waist at the right.
  • Do they seem similar? Or,
  • Does one side show less space between the two points?

 

Leg lines and posture screening

 

Rib cage / Shoulder girdle

Rib Cage

  • Does your Rib Cage fall more towards your left or right side?
  • Does it sit evenly above your? Pelvis?
  • Does one side of your rib cage stand out a little more than the other?
  • Does the chest seem tight and drawn in, or does it stick out puffed up and over inflated?

Shoulder Girdle

  • Is one shoulder sitting higher than the other?
  • Do your shoulders seem to rest too far to the left or right of the pelvis? Or, 
  • Do they rest comfortably above on the Rib Cage?

Upper extremity, rib cage, posture

 

Head and Neck

Does your head tilt:

  • Left,
  • Right, OR
  • Sit comfortably in the middle?

 

Please note: Always remember that these assessment tools are a starting point only, and require a trained therapist to formally assess your pattern and offer possible help and advice.