5.8 Client Assessment and Postural Analysis

Introduction

This module addresses the information, skills and practical knowledge required by a movement professional to be a safe and competent instructor when first meeting and assessing their client prior to creating an appropriate exercise program.

The initial part of the course looks at Obtaining and reviewing pertinent personal information prior to undertaking posture analysis and then addreses confidentiality and data security. 

Assessment of posture forms the basis of assessment for both Rehab and post rehab in the physiotherapy, advanced fitness and Pilates worlds.

Postural Analysis helps in identifying unusual and sub optimal skeletal or muscular patterns in the body which might be causing or lead to a variety of musculoskeletal and movement problems.

Postural assessment is a tool which can be used to not only describe a person's posture but also to assess the reasons behind various pains, weaknesses or movemnet issues in clients or the reason why some clients are susceptible to a specific type of injury.

There is no one correct method of Postural Analysis although some methods are more accepted than others.

The conclusion of the course addresses a professional approach to Programme design which encompasses client consultation and short / long term goal setting, prioritisation of key goals and progress reporting.

 

Review how to complete a postural assessment with APPI Pilates master trainer and Physiotherapist Kathryn Anderson. Courtesy of Unite health management.

Objectives

At the end of this day students will have a clear picture of how to Intake new customers and review progress with existing clients through an interview and practical assessment process which includes

  1. Obtaining Information
  2. Identifying Key information
  3. Recording Information
  4. Physical Assessment viastatic and dynamic postural tests
  5. Prioritisation and Goal setting
  6. Programme Design

During the course students will review and understand 6 different methods of postural analysis some full body methods and others focussing on specific areas such as trunk alignment.

In addition students will be able to master a visual postural assessment of posture all students will gain competence in performing and recording a 'Plumb line postural analysis' as well as a 'Core alignment postural analysis' using 'Bell rung up' and 'bell rung down' breathing techniques.

Students will have an understanding of how muscle imbalances and soft tissue tightness or weakness can cause misalignments and will gain an understanding of how to address the most common misalignments in formulating an appropriate exercise plan which will ensure the development of a meaningful program that is appropriate for the individual client.

Prerequisites

Whilst this module will suit fitness professionals who feel that their understanding of posture or the time spent on postural analysis in their prior training was inadequate, there are no formal prerequisites for attending this module which is a stand alone module and ideal Continuing Professional development education.

There is no summative formal examination at the end of this course however there is formative assessment during the course and all students will be expected to demonstrate to the instructor their ability to perform a postural analysis accuratelya nd effeectively in order to receive the certificate of completion on this course.

 

Duration

7 hour course

Further Details

This is a combination of practical and theory and students must be comfortable to have other strudents use them as an example and this will involve some application of hands and touching of key bony landmarks on your body.

This module is a compulsory component of the mbodies Studio cqualifications for students who are not already qualified medical professionals (Physios, chros etc) or already qualified Pilates Instructors.