Postural Assessments Brighton

A Brighton postural assessment is a good starting point in treating a client who is in some discomfort or pain. It is useful to assess how the muscles and bones are working together. Are there any imbalances or restrictions which may be affecting your mobility and range of movement?  If you have an injury to one ankle, for example, it may be affecting how you walk and consequently lead to tightness and strain further up your body in the pelvis and spine. Or perhaps your shoes do not fit well, affecting how you walk, this can show up as a problem in your jaw!

When the body is aligned well, it moves and distributes weight evenly. This enables it to function at its best and is less likely to incur injuries.

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During an assessment, the client will need to stand and walk in a relaxed manner to enable an assessment of the legs, pelvis and spine. It is best if you can be dressed in sports shorts or underwear. By assessing the movement and posture, any problem areas which need massage treatments can be focused upon.  Postural advice, stretching and exercises are also given. The treatment plan is bespoke to you and will vary depending on the results of the assessment.

Anyone can benefit from a postural assessment. It is easy to build up bad postural habits from a wide range of everyday activities. Often from sitting at a desk all day and peering into a computer screen; holding children; travelling regularly on the seats of public transport; wearing bad footwear; in a hurry and adopting a ‘forward head posture’.  Over time it is easy for these habits to start taking a strain on the body and creating pain as a result.

Those people who have ongoing pain or are under-performing will benefit from having a postural assessment. Just being aware of how you move and hold yourself is half the battle, knowing what to do about it is the other half.