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Postural Assessment

Standing posture is a “snapshot” of how the components of your musculoskeletal system work together. Using a plumb line as a reference point we can tell if the body’s critical weight-bearing joints are directly lined up over each other as they should be.

All adults have some deviations in their body’s structure due to past injuries or surgeries, congenital conditions, improper physical conditioning, work environment, habitual postures, and muscular dysfunction or disease.

How It’s Done: 

Looking Straight On:

We place the plumb line between the client’s feet to divide his/her base of support in half.

The client is standing in front of a grid, behind the plumb line. The pelvis, the platform on which the upper body sits, should be level. When viewed from the front or back, the spine should sit directly in the center of the body and should be straight.  If the spine were to continue down to the floor, it would land directly center between the feet.  The head should sit directly in the center of the body. The shoulders should be of equal height, and the arms should hang at the same distance from the body on either side, with the palms facing in.  The inside borders of the shoulder blades should run parallel to the spine.

 From The Side:

From the side, we look for proper positioning of the weight-bearing joints and how they stack on top of each other.  The plumb line runs from the ankle up through all of the body’s weight-bearing joints.  The plumb line should sit center of the shoulders and line up with the ear.  The spine’s soft “S” curve should have the right amount of inward and outward curves.  This keeps the upper body positioned properly over the lower body and keeps the head sitting directly over the shoulders.

What Your Posture Tells You About Your Body:

Static posture reflects four very important elements of the neuromusculoskeletal system

( your nerves, muscles, and bones):

1.  muscle balance

2.  kinesthetic sense (spatial awareness about your body)

3.  neuromuscular coordination:  The neuromuscular system signals the muscles

throughout the body to respond to the sudden change in the environment and restore

an upright position.

4.  mechanical efficiency: You cannot have optimal movement if your alignment is off.

     This applies to any machinery (a car’s tires being out of alignment) as well as your

body.

 

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Cynthia Vowell:  615. 496. 5208 / ckingvowell@att.net