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Postural Analysis Checklist

PLUMB LINE

Are there parts of the body forward or behind the

plumb line? (head, upper body, shoulders, pelvis, knees)

Are the head, thorax and pelvic aligned in relation to each other?

SIDE VIEW check both sides

FRONT VIEW*

ankle joints

feet

neutral

R

L

neutral

R

L

plantar flexed

R

L

inverted/supinated

R

L

dorsiflexed

R

L

everted/pronated

R

L

knees

knees

neutral

R

L

neutral

hyperextended

R

L

knock-kneed genu valgum

flexed

R

L

bow-legged genu varum

hip joints

pelvis

neutral

R

L

level

flexed

R

L

elevated

R

L

extended

R

L

rotated clockwise rotated counter-clockwise

pelvis

neutral

 

R

L

rib cage

anterior pelvic tilt

R

L

neutral

posterior pelvic tilt

R

L

elevated

R

L

 

shifted

R

L

lumbar spine

neutral

rotated clockwise

shoulders

flat decreased convex curve anteriorly excessive extension increased convex curve anteriorly

rotated counter-clockwise

level

lower thoracic spine

neutral

elevated

R

L

depressed

R

L

flat decreased convex curve posteriorly excessive flexion increased convex curve posteriorly

head

upper thoracic spine

rotated clockwise

neutral

flat decreased convex curve posteriorly

rotated counter-clockwise neutral

tilted

R

L

excessive flexion increased convex curve posteriorly

shifted

R

L

cervical spine

neutral

flat decreased convex curve anteriorly excessive extension increased convex curve anteriorly

head

neutral

forward

retracted

* Confirm from back if necessary.

BACK VIEW

feet

neutral

R

L

inverted/supinated

R

L

everted/pronated

R

L

femurs

neutral

R

L

medial rotation

R

L

lateral rotation

R

L

pelvis

level

elevated

R

L

rotated clockwise rotated counter-clockwise

scapulae

neutral

R

L

protracted

R

L

retracted

R

L

elevated

R

L

depressed

R

L

upwardly rotated

R

L

downwardly rotated

R

L

winging

R

L

anteriorly tipped

R

L

humeri

neutral

R

L

medially rotated

R

L

sequencing through the spine

watch from the side:

are there flat areas? where?

Y

N

watch and palpate from the back:

are there any imbalances? where?

Y

N

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Bony Landmark Quick Reference

SIDE VIEW check both sides

ankle joints

Quick Reference SIDE VIEW check both sides ankle joints ◗ examine the angle of the ankle

examine the angle of the ankle joint created by the front of the shin and of the foot

knees

joint created by the front of the shin and of the foot knees ◗ use greater

use greater trochanter and anterior to lateral malleolus and relate to plumb line

hip joints

to lateral malleolus and relate to plumb line hip joints ◗ palpate ASIS and PSIS to

palpate ASIS and PSIS to find the midpoint of the iliac crest

palpate greater trochanter and compare

pelvis

crest ◗ palpate greater trochanter and compare pelvis ◗ palpate ASIS and PSIS and compare to

palpate ASIS and PSIS and compare to horizontal plane

lumbar spine

ASIS and PSIS and compare to horizontal plane lumbar spine ◗ feel L1 to L5 to

feel L1 to L5 to get an idea of the curvature

lower thoracic spine

to L5 to get an idea of the curvature lower thoracic spine ◗ feel T6 to

feel T6 to T12 to get an idea of the curvature

upper thoracic spine

to T12 to get an idea of the curvature upper thoracic spine ◗ feel T1 to

feel T1 to T6 to get an idea of the curvature

cervical spine

feel T1 to T6 to get an idea of the curvature cervical spine ◗ feel C1

feel C1 to C7 to get an idea of the curvature

head

◗ feel C1 to C7 to get an idea of the curvature head ◗ use the

use the ear (auditory meatus) and acromion process and relate to plumb line

FRONT VIEW confirm from back if necessary

feet

plumb line FRONT VIEW confirm from back if necessary feet ◗ distinguish where the weight is

distinguish where the weight is distributed on the foot

knees

where the weight is distributed on the foot knees ◗ examine alignment of femurs and tibias

examine alignment of femurs and tibias with feet together

pelvis

alignment of femurs and tibias with feet together pelvis ◗ palpate each ASIS and compare ◗

palpate each ASIS and compare

palpate top of iliac crests with hands parallel to floor

rib cage

top of iliac crests with hands parallel to floor rib cage ◗ palpate ASIS and ribcage

palpate ASIS and ribcage and compare

look at sternum to check for rotation

shoulders

compare ◗ look at sternum to check for rotation shoulders ◗ palpate along the clavicle to

palpate along the clavicle to the acromion process and compare

head

along the clavicle to the acromion process and compare head ◗ examine alignment of cranium on

examine alignment of cranium on cervical spine

BACK VIEW

feet

alignment of cranium on cervical spine BACK VIEW feet ◗ distinguish where the weight is distributed

distinguish where the weight is distributed on the foot

examine common calcaneal tendons

femurs

on the foot ◗ examine common calcaneal tendons femurs ◗ palpate femoral condyles pelvis ◗ palpate

palpate femoral condyles

pelvis

tendons femurs ◗ palpate femoral condyles pelvis ◗ palpate each PSIS and compare ◗ palpate top

palpate each PSIS and compare

palpate top of iliac crests with hands parallel to floor

scapulae

top of iliac crests with hands parallel to floor scapulae ◗ palpate inferior angle, superior angle,

palpate inferior angle, superior angle, medial border of each scapula

compare distance to spinous process

humeri ◗ palpate the olecranon process legend: Look = sequencing through the spine ◗ Palpate
humeri
palpate the olecranon process
legend:
Look
=
sequencing through the spine
Palpate Bony Landmarks
=
palpate either side of spine and feel for any irregular
curvature, rotation or imbalances
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