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    DIGITAL POSTURAL

     ANALYSIS PROGRAM

     OPERATIONS MANUAL

     ? Our operations manual includes:

    o How to Load software Procedures

     o How to landmark your client

     o How to photograph your client

    o Report pages

    From All Star Education & Training

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Thank you for your purchase of the Digital Postural Analysis Program, the

    comprehensive computer software program for postural analysis designed

    for the massage therapist. The program was the concept of a massage

    therapist with two basic ideas at the fore: a way to integrate the use of

    technology into massage therapy for postural analysis (thus adding

    credibility and legitimacy to our work), while keeping the cost of the

    technology reasonable to afford.

The concept of creating this program included the ability to carry out two

    basic ideas- of creating a tool using technology, while making it cost

    efficient and affordable to the working massage therapist. This basic concept

    was maintained throughout the 17 design phases, and we resent the end

    result- All Star Education and Training’s Digital Postural Analysis

    Program, a tool that can be utilized to assess the posture of your client, and allow you as the therapist to use your skills to affect a positive change for

    them, and for your practice as well.

We live in a visual society where a picture is worth a thousand words- the

    Digital Postural Analysis Program is designed to help those postural pictures

    tell a story to your clients. The two report pages generated by the program

    will allow you two distinct ways to visually assess your client’s posture, and

    provide you as a therapist the opportunity for you to show your client their

    posture, and asses how you will help them as a therapist.

     Following the purchase of your Digital Postural Analysis Program, an e-mail

    with your registration code will be e-mailed to you. You will need to enter that

    code to complete the download of the program to your computer. Our

    registration code is good for 1 year. After one year or 100 analysis, your

    program will no longer be operational, and a renewal will be needed to

    download the program again for your use.

YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE INTERNET ACCESS AND BE ONLINE THE

    FIRST TIME YOU DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM YOU MUST ENTER

    YOUR REGISTRATION CODE TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE

    DOWNLOAD. AFTER THE INITIAL DOWNLOAD IS COMPLETE, YOU

    WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE PROGRAM

     WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS.

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    How can you best use this software?

We live in a visual society, and pictures are a valuable learning tool. As a

    therapist, you can show your clients their posture and discuss with them their

    chronic aches, potential trigger point causes, activities of daily living issues,

    and most importantly discuss how you can help them based upon the Digital

    Postural Analysis report and the feedback your clients provide. It will allow

    you to schedule multiple visits at one time, determine a course of action for

    your client, and assess progress based on posture.

The Digital Postural Analysis is an impressive introductory tool to use with

    a first time client- especially those seeking relief from chronic aches and

    pains. It can also be used to monitor clients on a regular basis, and can be

    used to gauge the effectiveness of your techniques- after 1, 3, 5 or even 10

    sessions.

    Using the program as a marketing tool:

    Introductory offer of a free postural analysis with initial consultation

    Assess and re-assess posture after a specific number of sessions

    Use picture and graph report pages to discuss and assess posture with

    your clients, and discuss their treatment options

    Utilize the software to gauge the effects of treatments by utilizing the

    program before session one, after session 5 or 10, or whatever

    number you feel comfortable with

    Market the use of Postural Digital Analysis in your practice as a sign that

    you as a practitioner are providing the latest in cutting edge

    technology for the massage industry

    Utilize the report pages in conjunction with the client’s activities of daily

    living and prepare the appropriate course of action- be sure to include

    client self-care ideas!

    The Postural Digital Analysis Program

Please follow the prompts and procedures presented in this manual as it will

    allow for the most accurate results for you and your client. This program is

    not a diagnostic tool, but a guide for visually showing your client their

    posture and postural differences that may be causing pain.

The program is designed to be easy to use- simply landmark your client, take

    photos of the front, both sides, and back of your clients, download the

    pictures to your computer, and follow the prompts of the All Star Education

    & Training Digital Postural Analysis Program on your computer.

With each use of the postural digital program, a two page report will be

    generated though you will have the ability to create a 6 page report by using the Print option after completing every section of the analysis . The

    first page will show all 4 pictures of your client’s actual posture- the front,

    back and both side views- and provide a guide of that posture. The “Red

    Line” will outline the actual posture of the client, while the “Green Line”

    will outline an appropriate postural position based on the landmarks for that

    particular client. Page two will plot your client’s posture in graph form,

    determine heights and distances in centimeters, and determine a percentage

    difference from one landmark site to its opposite side member. All this data

    can be assessed and utilized to determine the best course of action for your

    client.

WHEN ASSESSING POSTURE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER

    THAT THERE ARE TWO PRIMARY FACTORS THAT AFFECT

    POSTURE- STRUCTURAL AND POSITIONAL. STRUCTURAL ISSUES

    CAN BE CAUSED BY ANY NUMBER OF FACTORS, AND A

    MASSAGE THERAPIST SHOULD BE PREPARED TO CONSULT OR

    REFER TO THE APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL

    SHOULD THE ISSUE BE OUTSIDE THE THERAPISTS’ SCOPE OF

    PRACTICE. POSITIONAL FACTORS ARE SIMPLY THE ACTIVITIES

    WE PUT OUR BODIES THROUGH EVERY DAY, INCLUDING

    SITTING, TYPING, AND EVEN WORKING OR PLAYING, THAT CAN

    PUT OUR MUSCLES IN POSITIONS THAT CAUSE OUR POSTURE TO

    BECOME ALTERED. IT IS THESE “ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING”

    THAT CAN CAUSE OUR CLIENTS THEIR GREATEST DISCOMFORT,

    AND IS THE AREA WHERE A THERAPIST CAN PROVIDE THE MOST

    RELIEF.

LANDMARKING YOUR CLIENT

    How do I landmark?

You will need to print out the Calibration Box from our website,

    www.betterpostureanalysis.com.

Landmark on your client the following:

    ? Lateral Malleous (outside of the ankles)

    ? Lateral Epicondyle of Femur (the bone that sticks out on the upper leg

    at the knee on the outside)

    ? Center of the Patella of the knee

    ? Greater Trochanter of the femur (The part of the hip that sticks out the

    furthest)

    ? Anterior Superior Iliac Spine

    ? Posterior Superior Iliac Spine

    ? Acromion Process (bump at the outside of the shoulder at the top side)

    ? Eyes (approximate where they will be)

    For Landmarking, you may choose to use Styrofoam balls, rolled up tape or

    whatever you decide to make it visual! We’ve used yellow Styrofoam balls

    below!

PHOTOGRAPHY PROCEDURES

    OUR COMPLETE LANDMARKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

    PROCEDURES CAN BE VIEWED AT

    WWW.BETTERPOSTUREANALYSIS.COM

    You will first have to download and print the calibration placard from our website, www.betterpostureanalysis.com, as it will stand beside your client

    as you take the photographs (you can tape it to a box or use a picture frame

    so it is upright. After landmarking your client, the next phase is to take the

    photographs. A digital camera can be used to take and download photos, as

    well as a regular camera with the pictures scanned into your computer then

    through the analysis program. The digital camera is recommended- it will

    allow for immediate results as it takes seconds to download and save photos.

     It is important to note that the program is designed to use landscape style

    photos (so that the photo is more wide than it is tall), photos downloaded in

    a portrait format will cause the pictures to stretch when using the program.

    Generally, cameras that sit on a tripod are set for landscape photos- it is not

    recommended that the camera be moved or held any other way than with the

    shutter button at the top of the camera- not on the side. Do not crop the

    photos after taking them, we recommend following these photography procedures for the most accurate results.

    1. Place your camera securely on a tripod or on a flat surface in landscape

    photo mode and do not move the camera while you are taking the

    pictures.

    2. Using a wall as a background, take a piece of masking tape and place it 24

    inches from the wall. Moving 3 feet in either direction, place another piece

    of tape 24 inches from the wall, then connect the tape marks using a solid

    piece of tape.

    3. Place the calibration placard on the tape next to the client so that the words

    on the placard can be read by the photographer. For the front and back view

    photos, we recommend the lateral malleolus landmarks be on the solid tape

    line next to the placard. For the left and right view photos, we recommend

    the closest malleolus landmark be placed on the tape line.

    Remember, the Digital Postural Analysis Program is not a diagnostic tool,

    but a way to assess posture in your clients. Following the above steps will

    assist in the accuracy of the program for you and your client.

4. Make sure that both the placard and the client are visible through the camera

    lens.

    5. Adjust the view in the camera making the client and placard as large in the

    viewfinder as possible, without cutting out any part of either the client or

    placard. Once completed, make no further adjustments.

    6. Once the client and placard are both visible and as large as possible in your

    viewfinder, it is time to take your photos. Take all 4 (front, left, back, right,)

    photos without adjusting the camera .

    7. Download your photos (or scan them) onto your computer. We recommend

    saving the photos to a disk for each client, labeled with their name and date

    to be placed in their file.

     Follow the prompts for the Postural Digital Analysis Program- when it is

    time to locate the correct photos, simply take them from the appropriately

     labeled disk, and follow the prompts.

Working with the software

    1. Open the program

    2. Select “Calibration Image”

    3. Locate Photos (We recommend saving each client’s photos to a disk for easy locating)

    4. Select a photo to calibrate the software (If you have properly followed the procedure in

    taking your client’s photos, it doesn’t matter which photo you choose to calibrate the

    software)

     Select “done”

    Insert Client’s name- it will appear on the report pages

     Select “ok”

    Follow the RED dot in the prompt section in the upper left hand corner

    On the Photo, select the appropriate corner of the calibration box

    ? Upper left

    ? upper right

    ? lower right

    ? lower left

Select “Left side Image” (In your photo you will see the client’s left side)

    Follow prompts in upper left corner, and click on the appropriate site on your client’s

    photo

    ? Ear

    ? Acromion Process (Shoulder)

    ? ASIS

    ? PSIS

    ? Greater Trochanter

    ? Lateral epicondyle of femur

    ? Lateral Malleolus

    ? Select Print for full page, lined assessment

Select “Right Side image” (In your photo you will see the client’s right side)

    Follow prompts in upper left corner, and click on the appropriate site on your client’s

    photo

    ? Ear

    ? Acromion Process (Shoulder)

    ? ASIS

    ? PSIS

    ? Greater Trochanter

    ? Lateral epicondyle of femur

    ? Lateral Malleolus

    ? Select Print for full page, lined assessment

Select “Front side image” (In your photo you will see the front of your client) Follow

    prompts in upper left corner, and click on the appropriate site on your client’s photo:

    ? Right eye

    ? Left eye

    ? right acromion process (shoulder)

    ? Left Acromion process (shoulder)

    ? Right ASIS

    ? Left ASIS

    ? Right center of patella

    ? Left Center of Patella

    ? Right Lateral Malleolus

    ? Left Lateral Malleolus

    ? Select Print for full page, lined assessment

Select “Back side image” (In your photo you will see the back of your client)

    Follow prompts in upper left corner, and click on the appropriate site on your client’s

    photo

    ? Left acromion process

    ? Right acromion process

    ? Left PSIS

    ? Right PSIS

    ? Left lateral malleolus

    ? Right lateral malleolus

    ? Select Print for full page, lined assessment

From this screen, you will be able to access either report page- Page 1 will show only the

    photos of your client with the Red line indicating actual posture, and the Green line

    indicating appropriate posture based on your client’s landmarks. Page 2 will show a

    graph of actual posture, while giving actual heights (in centimeters) and the percent

    differences from on side to the other.

The print option is ready at any point in the program.

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