what is a postural assessment?

A biomechanics assessment is an investigation into your lower limb function that looks for abnormalities and compensations that may have occurred and aims to discover the underlying causes. They are normally carried out when there is a recurring or overuse injury to the lower limbs including;

  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patella-femoral pain
  • Plantar fasciitis

Our assessments at Fire & Earth also include a postural assessment which looks at your static posture to see if there are any imbalances that could cause or are causing pain and discomfort.

The body functions at its best when in correct posture, when in correct postural alignment our bodies move evenly and distribute weight appropriately. The muscles, joints and spine work together to help us perform at our best without pain. If something is out of alignment through poor posture injury can occur and recovery time or treatment may be needed.

how it works

During a postural assessment our therapists look at the overall alignment of the body, test range of movement and carry out further tests to identify areas of weakness and stiffness. For example, if a client has an injury on the left side of the body an assessment will show if his or her walk has been altered. We will see how compensation patterns from one side to the other have formed and will give a full report on how to fix these issues. Treatments or exercises suggested will be based on the findings during the session and discussed thoroughly with you.

benefits of postural assessments

A postural assessment may include:

  • Muscle length and Flexibility
  • Leg alignment and foot posture
  • Gait analysis and running analysis
  • Observing static postural alignment
  • Proprioception/balance and weight transference
  • Core stability and muscle balance around the pelvis
  • Footwear


experience it for yourself

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