postural assessment & taking posture photos
I’m using my own postural photos to demonstrate (a bit simplistically!) my thought process during a client assessment.
The outcome of the client assessment and what I see in their posture then dictates what exercises are best suited to that individual client and we will see how their body responds during a session.
It might be that we need to go back to the drawing board and re-assess but the postural assessment is where we start as it gives us many clues as to what is not working properly.
When taking ‘posture photos’ you need :
1. To be barefoot.
2. To get your head and feet fully in.
3. To get a photo from front, back and both sides (4 photos total).
4. To take the photos flat on (so not looking up/down at you – this distorts what we see).
5. To be relaxed and holding no tension. Feel like you’re standing if you would if you were on your own, not posing for a photo.
6. Try and get a blank wall behind you as this helps us see things better.
7. Hair tied up and in as few clothes as you feel comfortable with!
1. Elevated L Pelvis = likely to be tightness in iliapsoas and quadratus lumborum on elevated side.
2. Valgus Knee Stress = likely to be weakness in the abductors of the hip.
3. Internally rotated/hinged shoulder (front of hand showing) = likely to be weakness in the rhomboids.
4. Posterior Pelvic Tilt = likely to be issue with weak quads, spinal erectors and iliapsoas.
5. Forward Head = likely to be issue with weakness around shoulder girdle and thoracic spine.
4. Posterior Pelvic Tilt = likely to be issue with weak quads, spinal erectors and iliapsoas. 5. Forward Head = likely to be issue with weakness around shoulder girdle and toracic spine.
6. L Forward Thoracic Rotation (displayed by disparity in hand placement) = likely to be issue with spinal erector function. 7. Pronated ankles = likely to be weakness in the muscles around the hips and calf.
(N.B – There’s a spectrum of severity when it comes to these postural deviations and, all things considered, I’m not particularly severe with any of the deviations I present with.)