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Though postural assessment is a skill required by most therapists and useful for many health and fitness professionals, few resources offer a complete discussion of the topic to support practitioners in the task. Written for students and practitioners of massage therapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, sports medicine, athletic training, and fitness instruction, Postural Assessment is a guide to determining muscular or fascial imbalance and whether that imbalance contributes to a patient’s or client’s pain or dysfunction.
Jane Johnson, a practicing physiotherapist and sport massage therapist and instructor, breaks down the complex and holistic process of assessing posture into easy-to-assimilate sections. Johnson begins with a discussion of 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 she details procedures for executing postural assessments from standing posterior, lateral, and anterior views as well as with the patient or client in a seated position.
The text features tips for improving assessment technique, and What Your Findings Mean sections provide readers—students in particular—with guidance for systematic analysis. Each chapter ends with five Quick Questions, with answers, to assist in gauging understanding of the topics covered.
Information in the text 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 provide space for recording observations during each step of the assessment.
Postural Assessment 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 offers guidance in observing and identifying common postural forms and interpreting those observations.
Postural Assessment is part of the Hands-On Guides for Therapists series, which features specific tools for assessment and treatment that fall well within the realm of massage therapists but may be useful for other body workers, such as osteopaths and fitness instructors. The guides include full-color instructional photographs, Tips sections that aid in adjusting massage techniques, Client Talk boxes that present ideas for creatively applying techniques for various types of clients, and questions for testing knowledge and skill.
Part I. Getting Started With Postural Assessment Chapter 1. Introduction to Postural Assessment
What Is Posture?
What Factors Affect Posture?
Is There an Ideal Posture?
Why Should I Do a Postural Assessment?
Who Should Have a Postural Assessment?
Where Can Postural Assessment Take Place?
When Should Postural Assessment Be Done?
Chapter 2. Preparing for Postural Assessment
Postural Assessment Steps
Documenting Your Findings
Cautions and Safety Issues
Part II. Carrying Out Postural Assessment Chapter 3. Posterior Postural Assessment
Chapter 4. Lateral Postural Assessment
Comparing Overall Posture
Chapter 5. Anterior Postural Assessment
An Overall View: Body Shape
Appendix: Postural Assessment Charts
Answers to Quick Questions
About the Author
Resource for massage therapists, physical therapists, physiotherapists,
sports medicine physicians, and osteopaths in conducting detailed
postural assessments; also valuable for students and professionals in
athletic training or fitness professions.
Jane Johnson, MSc, is co-director of the London Massage Company,
England. As a chartered physiotherapist and sport massage therapist, she
has been carrying out postural assessments for many years.
Johnson teaches postural assessment as a provider of continuing
professional development (CPD) workshops for the Federation of Holistic
Therapists (FHT). This experience has brought her into contact with
thousands of therapists of all disciplines and helped inform her own
practice. She is also a regular presenter at the annual Complementary
and Massage Expo (CAM) held in the United Kingdom.
Johnson is a full member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
and is registered with the Health Professions Council. A member of the
Institute of Anatomical Sciences, she has a deep interest in
musculoskeletal anatomy and how newly qualified therapists can be better
educated in this subject. She also is interested in the relationship
between emotions and posture.
In her spare time, Johnson enjoys taking her dog for long walks,
practicing wing chun kung fu, and visiting museums. She resides in