Postural assessment is a valuable tool that our physical therapists use with every patient who is referred for evaluation and treatment. 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 – in fact in any movement that we do in our 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. Your physical therapist will assess your posture and will teach you through instruction, exercise and stretching how to stay “aligned” and avoid injury and pain from poor posture.