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Creating Body Awareness to Slow Down the Aging Process (Part 1)

Assessments are undeniably important to reduce compensatory movement patterns that can increase the risk of injury when engaging in remedial exercise or athletic activities. I have many different techniques for assessing my patients.

Assessing Posture

I begin at the feet and look for any eversion of the foot in relation to the tibia. I also look for ankle pronation or supination, as well as excessive ankle dorsiflexion or plantarflexion.

At the knees, I look for valgus or varus stress, tibial torsion in relationship to the femur, internal or external femur rotation, and any excessive knee flexion or hyperextension. At the hips, I look for any abnormal elevation, anterior or posterior pelvic tilt, pelvic rotation or lateral flexion. When assessing the upper body, I look for any thoracic offset, rotation or flexion. I also check the shoulders for rounding or unusual elevation discrepancy. When assessing the head position, I check to see if the ear is in line with the shoulder, noting if there is a forward head posture.1-2 In addition, I will check to see if the load-bearing joints appear forward of the lateral malleolus or if the person appears to have a side lean.

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