October 24, 2011

Posture Assessment

PASSING
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
Neck erect
chin in
Neck slightly
forward
chin slightly
out
Neck
markedly
forward
chin
markedly
out
Chest
elevated
Chest
slightly
depressed
Chest
markedly
depressed
Shoulders
centered
Shoulders
slightly
forward
Shoulders
markedly
forward
Upper back
normally
rounded
Upper Back
slightly
rounded
Upper
Back
markedly
rounded
Lower
back
normally
curved
Lower
back
slightly
flattened
Lower
back
markedly
flattened
Abdomen
flat
Abdomen
protruding
Abdomen
protruding
and
sagging
Lower
back
normally
curved
Lower
back
slightly
hollow
Lower
back
markedly
hollow
Proper Posture

Having correct posture means keeping each part of the body in alignment with the neighboring parts. Proper posture keeps all parts balanced and supported so the pull of gravity is evenly distributed.

Good posture includes:

  • A straight line from your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles
  • Head is centered
  • Shoulders, hips and knees are of equal height

Some of the most common examples of poor posture includes:

  • forward head
  • rounded shoulders
  • arched lower back
  • excessive anterior pelvic tilt (protruding backside)
  • excessive posterior pelvic tilt (protruding abdomen/pelvis)

Stand facing a full length mirror and check to see if:

  1. Your head is straight
  2. Your shoulders are level
  3. Your hips are level
  4. Your kneecaps face the front
  5. Your ankles are straight
Hands at the sides/
palms face each
other
Shoulders are level
Hips are level and directly under the shoulders
Kneecaps point straight ahead
Feet directly beneath the knees facing forward

Now look at yourself from the side (or have someone else check you out) and look for the following:

  1. Your head is straight rather than slumped forwards or backwards
  2. Chin is parallel to the floor
  3. Shoulders are in line with ears
  4. Knees are straight
  5. Slight forward curve to your lower back
Natural curve in the lower back
Feet directly beneath the knees
Head is balanced/Chin
does not jut forward
Chest is raised slightly
Abdomen does not protrude
Relaxed Knees

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