Follow Athena’s guided step-by-step assessment to help determine your posture type.
If you are unable to get down to the floor, the entire assessment can be done lying on a bed.
Items you may need to fully benefit from the assessment: yoga strap, resistance band, or a towel AND a foam roller, small anti-burst ball or pillow.
If you have Kyphosis your shoulders and head likely round forward. The Lordosis component of KLP can result in low back pain and extremely tight hip flexors. This is the posture pregnant women will shift to in their second and third trimester, remaining here post natal, until the baby weight is shed and breastfeeding is complete.
If you suffer from low back pain and have tight hip flexors you probably have Lordosis. Other signs are your feet rolling inwards and knees knocking. Building the muscles of your butt and the backs of the legs will be imperative to improve your movement patterns.
Sway Back Posture is typically due to a lack of support of the hips and pelvis. It’s most common in sedentary individuals or people who stand for long periods of time. Other signs this could be your posture are feet rolling out and bow-leggedness.
If you have Flat Back Posture you are extremely tight in your hamstrings (the back of your legs) and calves. Ab strength will be crucial to keep your back safe, since your skeletal structure is pulling your pelvis into constant flexion (scared puppy dog position). People with this posture often have chronic back pain.