After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
Define the term posture and provide examples of factors that affect posture.
Give two reasons for carrying out a postural assessment and provide examples of the kinds of clients for whom postural assessment is not appropriate.
List some of the equipment that may be helpful to have when carrying out a postural assessment and describe how a plumb line is used.
Give examples of what to look for when assessing a client from a standing posterior, lateral, and anterior views as well as for a client in a seated position. State the possible consequences of your observations with respect to muscles and joints.
Developed for practitioners of massage therapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, sports medicine, athletic training, and fitness instruction, Postural Assessment Online CE Course is a guide to determining muscular or fascial imbalance and whether that imbalance contributes to a patient’s or client’s pain or dysfunction.
Postural Assessment Online CE Course breaks down the complex and holistic process of assessing posture into easy-to-assimilate sections. Learners will find discussion of the ideal posture and the factors affecting posture as well as how to provide the correct environment for postural assessment, necessary equipment, and the importance of documenting assessment findings. Then, learners will discover procedures for executing postural assessments from standing posterior, lateral, and anterior views as well as with the patient or client in a seated position.
Information in the accompanying course e-book is enhanced with detailed illustrations that offer visual cues to learning postural assessment and identifying anatomical relationships. Line drawings illustrate bony landmarks used in the assessments, and numerous photos show both obvious and subtle postural variations. Reproducible illustrated postural assessment charts in the appendix of the e-book provide space for recording observations during each step of the assessment.
The course study guide contains course instructions, a syllabus, learning objectives, end-of-chapter review questions, and a referenced answer key to prepare learners for the exam at the conclusion of the course. The final exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions that address concepts throughout the course materials. Upon passing the exam, individuals may print out and submit a certificate for continuing education credits.
Postural Assessment Online CE Course can assist practitioners in learning what posture reveals about the relationships among various body parts and in determining whether such relationships cause or contribute to pain or discomfort. As a resource for novices, Postural Assessment Online CE Course offers guidance in observing and identifying common postural forms and interpreting those observations.
Chapter 2: Posterior Postural Assessment: Upper Body
Chapter 3: Posterior Postural Assessment: Lower Body
Chapter 4: Lateral Postural Assessment: Upper Body
Chapter 5: Lateral Postural Assessment: Lower Body
Chapter 6: Anterior Postural Assessment: Upper Body
Chapter 7: Anterior Postural Assessment: Lower Body
Chapter 8 Seated Posture
Exam and Evaluation
Exam Answer Sheet
A comprehensive continuing education course for massage therapists,
physical therapists, physiotherapists, sports medicine physicians, and
osteopaths in conducting detailed postural assessments; also valuable
for professionals in athletic training or fitness professions.
Jane Johnson, MSc, is a chartered physiotherapist and sport
massage therapist specializing in occupational health. In this role she
spends much time assessing the posture of clients and examining whether
work, sport, or recreational postures may be contributing to their
symptoms. She devises postural correction plans that include both
hands-on and hands-off techniques.
Johnson has taught continuing professional development (CPD) workshops
for many organizations both in the UK and abroad. This experience has
brought her in contact with thousands of therapists of all disciplines
and informed her own practice. She is passionate about supporting and
inspiring newly qualified or less confident therapists so they feel more
self-assured in their work.
Johnson is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is
registered with the Health Professions Council. A member of the Medico
Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, she provides expert
witness reports on cases involving soft tissue therapies.
In her spare time, Johnson enjoys taking her dog for long walks,
sketching, and visiting museums. She resides in northeast England.