Paspa Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Posture Assessment in NYC

Postural Analysis in New York, NY

Understanding how to have pain-free and normal posture can be complex. After all, you’re probably too busy to stay fully aware of your sitting posture, standing posture, and walking posture at all times.

And if you’re an athlete, an altered posture could be affecting your performance. You may experience pain, injury, postural deviations, or muscle imbalances.


With the help of our expert licensed physical therapists, you will be better equipped to reach your pain-free injury prevention goals with our gold standard postural evaluations and physical therapy techniques.

In addition, we use postural assessments and clinical diagnostic research to help patients find relief and treatment for chronic misalignment.

Contact Paspa Physical Therapy in New York, NY today for more information on how to attain good posture.

Benefits of our posture analysis include: 

  • Quantifiable and reliable data
  • Postural control
  • Optimal posture
  • Core stability

How Does a Posture Assessment Work?

The secret to an excellent postural assessment is visual observation. That means we watch and document how your body responds under certain conditions. 

Our postural evaluation utilizes clinical and diagnostic research and postural assessment methods to calculate your proper postural angles.

This will help rule out any postural abnormalities to correct your faulty posture.

Upper Body Alignment

In the upper body, we check your head posture and shoulder posture. We also look for forward head syndrome and thoracic kyphosis while you are standing.

Your head position will be examined to see if it has shifted forward to cause flexion at the lower cervical and thoracic spine outside its normal position.

A child's shoulders being checked by a physician's two hands pressing on back.

Forward head syndrome is also associated with: 

  • Strange shoulder and scapular symmetry from posterior postural views
  • Abnormal shoulder joint internal and external rotation of the humeral head

Kyphosis is most apparent in the back when the spine’s natural curvature turns into an excessive inward curve into the thoracic cage.

Lower Body Alignment

We investigate abnormal postures and pelvis tilts to ensure your body has optimal movement patterns and static posture.

If needed, our postural assessment team in New York, NY can remedy chronic forms of lumbar lordosis, sway back, flatback, and scoliosis. 

While evaluating the pelvis for lordosis or lordotic curves, we’re searching for an abnormal inward curve of the spine.

That means that if your pelvis were a bowl of water, the bowl of water would spill forward over your toes. 

Other signs and symptoms of lordosis include:

  • Tight hip flexors that pull the pelvis slightly anterior
  • Knee hyperextension that creates plantar flexion on the ankle

People who experience sway back generally carry a combination of dysfunctions of the misaligned spine resulting in lordosis. 

Other postural alignment landmarks to keep in mind are: 

  • Tight muscles that cause the superior iliac spine to face downward
  • Iliac crests that turn upward or downward
  • Knee joint that turns inward or outward of the vertical line
  • Posterior superior iliac spine tilt of the pelvis

People who experience flat back usually experience chronic back pain while performing basic daily tasks. 

Even standing upright can be painful and difficult. 

Symptoms include:

  • An anterior pelvic tilt upwards
  • Cervical lordosis

Another common joint postural deformity includes scoliosis.

A woman holding onto her lower back while sitting in front of a desk with computer.

In addition, the rib cages and cervical spine tend to deviate from the body’s organic centerline with lateral C or S shape curvature at the lumbar spine and vertebrae rotation.

Other landmarks include:

  • Scoliosis signature sideways curve with lumbar and thoracic curves
  • Lower limb posture with hyperextension at the knee with the misaligned lateral malleolus

At Paspa Physical Therapy, we can provide the full physical therapy posture assessment you need to feel your best again.

Call our clinic in New York, NY today or fill up a postural assessment form online to set up an appointment. 


What are the three types of posture?

The three types of postural alignments are kyphosis, lordosis, and sway back.

What body parts would you be assessing in a postural assessment?

In a static postural assessment, we will look at the condition of the spine, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, and feet.

Dynamic assessments observe movement. 

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