Good posture is not just about standing tall; it's integral to our overall health and well-being. Poor posture can lead to a range of issues, from back and neck pain to impaired lung function, decreased efficiency in muscles, and increased risk of joint and muscle injuries.
By detecting poor postural habits early on, posture screening allows us to correct these habits and prevent potential long-term impacts on health. It's particularly important for kids and teens, as their bodies are still developing and can adapt more easily to changes.
What is a Posture Screen?
Posture screening involves a simple physical examination of the spine in standing and seated positions to detect any irregularities that might indicate poor postural habits or underlying conditions like scoliosis. During a posture screening, our physios will look for any signs of:
Uneven shoulders or hips
A tilting head
Forward positioning of the head and neck
Rounded shoulders or an excessively arched lower back
Asymmetry in the space between the arms and the body
If the screening reveals potential issues, we'll discuss the findings with you and suggest a personalised action plan. This could range from recommending exercises to improve posture, physiotherapy sessions, ergonomic changes to your work or study environment, or further evaluation if we suspect any underlying conditions like scoliosis.
For children and teens with posture abnormalities, early intervention can often lead to great results and set the foundation for good lifelong postural habits.