Posture refers to the body’s alignment and position with respect to the force of gravity. There is an ideal alignment in sitting, standing, and walking, and in fact in any movement done in daily life, including sports. When we fall out of alignment, we risk pain, injury, poor performance, muscle fatigue, and eventual breakdown of muscle and connective tissue. Postural assessment is a valuable tool that our physical therapists use with every patient who is referred for evaluation and treatment. Your physical therapist will assess your posture and will teach you, through instruction, exercises and stretching, how to stay “aligned” to avoid injury and pain.