Poor posture has become an epidemic with the increase in the use of technology, the compounding self-imposed stress, and selection of poor lifestyle habits. The net result has become modern day illness and conditions that are very much preventable and in many cases reversible. How you stand, sit and move your body on a daily basis is a window into the quality of your health. Your posture can give you tremendous insight as to why you may not be looking, feeling or moving your best.
After analysing thousands of postures I have gained a great appreciation for gathering as much information as I can to help me better serve my clients. Just like a road map, taking the time to analyse posture will show your current posture (location) and with some help, a plan to get you to your new healthier posture (where you want to be). A posture analysis is a tool to gain information into the current state of your posture.
What’s In A Posture Analysis?
Posture ideally looks balanced and symmetrical. The best and most accurate way to analyse posture is to first mark the major landmarks of the body. The two basic views to start with are from front and side.
Starting from the feet the first major point is one inch from the middle of the ankle. The next point is midpoint of the knee followed by the midpoint of the hip where the leg joins the pelvis. The last set of points are the shoulder, base of neck and just below the opening of the ear. From the front look to see if the eyes are level, head is tilting, shoulders level, hips level and if the body is symmetrical from left to right. The best way to determine this is by placing a perpendicular line (to the floor) starting with a midpoint between each foot.
There are many software and hardware devices to help analysis someone’s posture. I recommend using one of these programs. Have someone help you. Attempting to take a picture of yourself in front of a mirror creates errors. There are two secrets to getting a good posture picture:
- Be sure you are on flat, level ground – carpet or uneven flooring will skew your results.
- This one is important. Be sure you take a deep breath and exhale relaxing your body. Lower your chin to your chest and immediately bring the head back to what feels like a neutral position. Do this with your eyes closed. If you have poor balance or you feel like you are going to fall over, keep eyes open. A false posture will prevented with this method.
Download the picture into a posture analyzing program. It will allow you to draw lines, measure and calculate angles. As part of a posture correction regime or program, it’s a good idea to retake a picture every 30-45 days. Retakes show how your posture is changing. Congratulations, you now have your very own posture analysis!