My Self-Postural Assessment

I recently conducted a self-postural assessment to identify my muscular imbalances and assess my overall posture.  Muscular imbalances are primarily what cause altered posture and decreased flexibility.   Below are some pictures that Lauren took of me for my assessment.


Postural Issues

Front View  

-Right hip externally rotates

-Right shoulder is lower than the left

Side View

-Increased lumbar lordosis (lower curve in the spine)

-Tight biceps/arms do not straighten naturally

-Slight rounding of the shoulders

Back View

-Slight elevation of left hip

-Right hip externally rotates

-Right shoulder is lower than the left

How Did My Postural Issues Occur?

My posture is altered due to a lack of flexibility.  Flexibility has been an after thought for quite some time.  You name it, I can give plenty of excuses but I won’t waste your time. Stretching is very important to prevent changing your natural posture, once this happens; the likelihood of being injured definitely increases. 

Ilen, why does your hip rotate externally?

-Tight calf muscles

-Weakness of the glutes

Ilen, why does your lower back curve in?

–       Tight hip flexors

–       Forward pelvic tilt due to tight hip flexors

–       Tight lats, calfs, adductors

Ilen, why is your right shoulder lower than your left?

-This can occur from use of dominant hand/side, but it can still be corrected through an effective flexibility program

Ilen, why do your shoulders rotate forward?

-Tight upper traps, scapula and chest muscles

*This postural deficiency is seen in people who work jobs that require long periods of sitting or work on a computer.  Slouching over and maintaining that position will lead to rounded shoulders.  This is also seen in people who focus of upper body pushing exercises.

My current goal is to address my postural issues by using corrective exercises and increasing flexibility. 


Let me know if you have any questions about your posture!

Ilen Bell is a certified fitness professional and co-founder of Black Fitness Today. His passion for community advocacy, producing relevant stories and providing tools and resources that cater to the underserved African American community remain at the forefront. His credentials include advanced education in exercise science and internet marketing, the fitness industry highly-respected certified strength and conditioning specialist certification, and multiple web fitness series on top websites and He is focused on further building explosive, dynamic and approachable brands to help the African American man and woman feel empowered, valued and identified in the global health and fitness industry.

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