(021) 4636642


Unit 2 Market Green Medical Centre

Market Green, Midleton, Co. Cork

Posture Assessment and Ergonomic Advice

Posture Assessment

Many people have issues with their posture, which can exacerbate pain and predispose us to injury. Common postural abnormalities include rounded shoulders, forward head, rounded upper back, anterior or posterior pelvic tilt, foot supination (high arch) or pronation (flat foot). Everyday activities such as sitting at a desk, carrying young children, using smartphones and even some sporting activities can increase your risk of developing postural issues.

Here at Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, we are skilled in postural assessment which includes evaluation of both resting and dynamic postures and identifying any joint stiffness or muscle imbalances. We will also take into account your daily activities, such as work, study, home and sporting activities.

Your Chartered physiotherapist can then educate you on the best way to improve your posture which may include advice on your ergonomic work set-up, such as the ideal screen, desk, and chair height. This has become even more relevant recently due to the number of people remote-working due the Covid-19 pandemic. It will often also include an exercise programme to strengthen weak muscles, stretch tight muscles and increase mobility in any stiff joints. Pilates is also a great way to improve your posture (see physio-led pilates).

Ergonomic Assessment

Ergonomics studies the relationship between people and their work environment. It is very important to optimise the ergonomic set-up within the working environment to avoid injuries, aches and pains. This has become particularly relevant recently due to the number of people remote-working due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many injuries occur due to faulty work ergonomics, including:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Wrist Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Pins and Needles/Numbness in Hands and Fingers

At Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, we are able to advise on individual workstation assessments at the request of the employer or employee. This includes:

  • Correct back and neck postures when sitting or standing
  • Correct monitor height and viewing distance
  • Optimum keyboard positioning
  • Relevance of regular breaks from sitting
  • Correct chair/desk height ratio
  • Use of ergonomic tools e.g. lumbar supports for your back
  • Recommendations on workstation layout

For further information on Physiotherapy and the services available, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Imokilly Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic at (021) 4636642 or email appointments@imokillyphysio.com

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Please do not attend your physio session if you are feeling unwell.

Client Testimonials

Having been dogged with injury I decided to have a full prehab/FMS screen with Colette at Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. My starting score was 12/21 which placed me in a high risk injury bracket but by doing my corrective exercises, I not only played through the whole season un-injured but I also got my score up to 17/21 by the end.

- T.B, Killeagh GAA

I had spent a significant amount of money elsewhere on unwearable orthotics, before coming to Imokilly Physiotherapy Clinic. The orthotics I got here are by far the most comfortable to wear, and I wouldn't put a pair of shoes on without them!

- MB, Ladysbridge

Having had a long long history of back-pain which was then managed surgically with a dynamic fusion I was nervous about commencing any exercise. My neurosurgeon recommended that I attend a physiotherapist-led clinical Pilates class and I was lucky to find Sarah. Her entire approach is aimed at individualised rehabilitation, namely the individual assessment, tailored exercise programmes, small classes and follow-up emails. The standard of Pilates service is far superior to a fitness-based drop in class, and hence ideal for those with injuries.

- AB, Little Island

Chronic Achilles tendinopathy was limiting my ability to progress my marathon training and I knew that I had to tackle it properly to allow it to heal. Although it was frustrating to step back from training, I am now running painfree and hoping for a marathon PB

- ED, St Finbarrs