This is one of the newest additions to our toolbox and is a really quick way to illustrate any alignment issues you may have, which can often be a contributing factor of any number of issues such as back pain, neck pain etc.
In a natural standing position, the ideal scenario is that if you were to draw a line from top to toe, passing through all of your major joints, that line will be pretty straight and indicate good posture, and that your spine is correctly aligned.
This is often not the case for a lot of people though, and a posture screening will be able to highlight the problem areas.
It begins with the practitioner taking photos of you in a standing position from your front, back and both sides. You should stand naturally to have the photos taken – no posing to impress! These photos are uploaded into the posture screen software, where the practitioner will then plot points against each of your main joints/pivot points such as neck, shoulders, pelvis, kness etc.
These points are connected by a line, and in an ideal scenario the line created through the spine will be straight and upright and the line created from shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip will be level and balanced. A perfectly straight line appears alongside your own plotted lines to give a visual comparison.
From this, your practitioner will be able to talk you through what it might mean for you; it may be that any pain you have been experiencing could be directly related to your body being out of alignment. Or it may be that being out of alignment has not caused your pain, but is exasperating it. It could also be that by improving your alignment, you will be able to do things that you couldn’t do before; improving your flexibility and mobility, both of which are really important, especially into older age.
We offer posture screenings for our new clients as part of their initial health assessment, so if this is something you think you would benefit from, please do get in touch.