"...and Christy's work has helped bring my leg back to a condition that otherwise wouldn't have been possible trying to do this on my own. I can feel that she cares about my well being in a way that wasn't like what I had experienced at any of the physical therapy clinics."

~ Steve B. from Davis, CA
Christy taking postural photo
'The natural state of the optimum strength and
ease of the human body is health'
Dr. Meir Schneider
'Knowledge about your body and self awareness skills are crucial to your ability to use your body in a way that supports good health'.
C. Friederich
An off-centered or misaligned posture creates stress, fatigue and a potential for injury in the joints and muscles of the body. All Joints and muscles must be used in their best alignment in order have their best position for accessing optimum strength and ease of movement.
The Postural Assessment

Each of us needs to know about the proper maintenance of the body and the correct posture for each of our daily activities. The majority of the clients I see are looking for relief from stress or pain created from lack of awareness of how to use their body properly. Usually they have been to several other medical and therapy sources. They are worried and frustrated about getting solutions about their 'problems'.

At the start of each session I gather as much information I can about what they are experiencing and what they have leaned from previous therapies. Then I proceed with the Postural Assessment process. I use my visual skills, Biofeedback Sensory Touch©, photos, and other methods of measurement in order to make an assessment of their posture.

When it is appropriate I take photographs of the person from many views - posterior, anterior and side view, standing, walking, sitting and lying down. While I take measurements I tell them what I am observing and what I am learning from viewing their posture.

Usually they have not had many studies or much information about anatomy, kinesiology or mechanics of the body. I explain what I have learned about the effects of repetitive movements

or improper posture or work positions have on the joints and muscles of the body. When the body is used in a way that causes continuous stress eventually there will be stress and injury to muscles and ligaments.

Next, I show them illustrations and discuss the kinesiology of the body. This educative process of the Postural Assessment process helps them to have visual knowledge and understanding why their body is stressed and in pain. This is the beginning of the Balance The Center Self Care Education program.

During the Postural Assessment I check for the following:

  • Structural alignment and balance
  • Position of head and neck
  • Position of shoulders and arms/hands
  • Position of torso and rib cage
  • Position of pelvis (tilt, rotation,etc.)
  • Leg length differences
  • Position of legs, knees, feet/toes
  • Proprioceptive sensitivity procedures:
    In a lying down position: Leg movements- checking for ease of movement in joints and muscles, getting a sense of the weight and strength of the leg.
  • Seated: Checking posture - whether it is ergonomically correct and stress free.
  • Walking Analysis: Checking body posture, assessing for harmony, ease of movement, and placement of the foot and knee, etc.

After The Postural Assessment

When the Postural Assessment finished I review with the person what we have learned.

Then I assign specific techniques and activities for a Self Care and Exercise Program. I also suggest methods and techniques for pain relief. I tailor the Self Care activities to fit each person's needs.

Daily use of the self care techniques, stretch and exercise movements help to stimulate the self-corrective reflexes of the body. Each movement helps their body to slowly restore and maintain its proper structural alignment.

Usually, postural changes and stress relief can be felt and seen after a few weeks. When their pain is minimized and there is improvement in the strength and stability of their body then I will begin to assign specifically designed strengthening exercises. The restoration of strength and maintenance of good health is an ongoing process.

Key -> Article: The Importance of Optimal Posture and Balance© Christy Friederich Feb. 16, 2002