POSTURAL & MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT
I use the overhead squat assessment as a provocative assessment of movement. It helps highlight tissues that may be short and overactive and others that may be long and underactive.
The video on the left shows the client with some restricted movement. In this case we see that he cannot squat particularly low and his knees bow in when he squats. These results allowed us to then carry out further specific assessments that meant we could narrow down what and how we should treat.
After a treatment plan, you can see the results on the right. He is able to squat considerably lower and his knees no longer bow in.
These changes have helped him regain a far better balance in his body, helping him maintain a better posture which in turn has significantly help with his back and neck chronic condition.
Improvements like this will also really help his athletic performance. This is because muscles that are at their optimum length are stronger and less susceptible to injury.
Postural and Movement Assessment
I will normally perform a postural and possibly a movement assessment during your initial consultation and throughout any treatment plan you undertake.
Unlike many therapists, I like to record these assessments with photos and videos (if appropriate and permission is given).
I believe recording these visual assessments offers several benefits:
It allows you to see what I see. Sometimes this is a little bit of surprise for clients and really helps people understand what is happening with their own body.
It helps me explain which structures are being over used and which might be underactive and need activating and strengthening.
Seeing the progression over the weeks acts as great feedback for clients. Seeing is believing! It is often easy to forget how far you have come. This is especially true when treating a chronic condition that may take some time to improve.
And following on from the above, seeing the progression through these images/videos acts as great motivation to continue with any activities and stretches you have been given. I can't stress enough how important this aspect of a treatment plan is.
Postural and Movement Assessment
The treatment plan that the above client followed has reduced her postural issues and therefore reduce the pain she is in. We were able to reduce the imbalances and help her regain a greater pain free range of motion with her arm. This has meant she has seen improvement in her sleep and quality of life in general.
Her google review
"Having had an accident 20 years ago and learnt to live with the pain. I then discovered I had a prolapsed disk in my neck. I’ve seen doctors far and wide. Harley St and abroad. I saw Jamie over a course of treatments and for the first time in two decades there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Jamie looked at my case like an excited child at Christmas. Researching and discussing treatments with me. I would categorically recommend Jamie to anyone who seriously wanted to correct whatever physical issues they had. Not only is Jamie funny and caring but he’s talented and above all cares about his chosen profession. I’d gladly climb a mountain and sing his praises from the highest point!"