As part of this assessment, Sean will look at you in number of positions:
- Lying on your tummy
- Lying on your back
He will examine your body according to the below criteria. Based on the results, Sean will design an individualised rehabilitation programme for you to address the issues identified.
Section 1: Body Position
The first thing Sean will examine is the posture of your body in a standing position.
He assesses posture at the following points:
- Head position
- Neck shape
- Shoulder position
- Upper back shape
- Lower back shape
- Pelvis orientation
- Knee position
- Foot position
- Arch shape
Section 2: Muscle Length
Sean will measure how far you can stretch certain muscles. If these muscles are tight, other structures in your body will be put under increased pressure.
- Upper Trapezius (upper back & neck)
- Pectoralis Minor (upper chest)
- Gleuteal Maximus & Medius (buttocks)
- Hamstrings (back of your thigh)
- Quadriceps (front of your thigh)
- Gastrocnemius (calf)
He will also include any other muscles that we deep appropriate on the day of the assessment.
Section 3: Muscle Endurance
Sean will test the endurance of key postural muscles. If these muscles are weak, you will struggle to maintain good posture.
- Deep Cervical Flexors – muscles that pull your head back and down.
- Scapular Retractors – muscles that pull your shoulders back
- Deep Abdominals – muscle that supports your lower back
- Hip Extensors – muscles that support and move your hips
- Inner Range Quads – muscles that support your knee
- Plantar Flexors – muscles that pull you onto your toes
Section 4: Range of Motion
Sean will measure how far you can move certain joints. He is looking to see if there is any restriction or compensation in the movement. Joints that are stiff or restricted may require direct physiotherapy treatment to improve their range of motion.
- Shoulder Abduction & Rotation
- Cervical Vertebrae (neck joints)
- Thoracic Vertebrae (upper back joints)
- Lumbar Vertebrae (lower back joints)