Postural care is all about protecting the body shape – and lying, sitting or standing in asymmetrical positions can cause serious problems over time.
Pain, pressure injuries, joint contractures, muscle shortening, and even hip dislocations can occur if someone is in the wrong position, severely limiting their ongoing functional ability. Distorted posture can also contribute to difficulty breathing, poor digestion and pressure on internal organs.
Positioning aids are a proven way to reduce your client’s pain, improve their quality of sleep, comfort and mood, and reduce the workload of carers who don’t have to reposition them as often.
“Sleep is so important for us,” says Deb Wilson from Seating To Go. “A lot of people with disabilities experience pain and fatigue during the day so having a good night’s sleep can make an enormous difference to them, their carers and their family.
“People are able to be more easily positioned into their wheelchairs during the day if they’ve been positioned well at night.”
Deb is an occupational therapist who has specialised in wheeled mobility and postural management for the past 35 years.
She co-founded Seating to Go in 1997 and her team now offer specialised wheelchair and seating assessments plus technician services throughout the Waikato, Lakes and Bay of Plenty regions. The business is also contracted by the Ministry of Health to deliver nationwide training workshops to OTs and physios who are following the wheeled mobility and postural management competency pathway.
“I enjoy seeing the functional benefits for people in terms of being able to participate in everyday life,” Deb says. “I also love the fact that technology keeps changing and what’s possible for people is different today than it was even five years ago.”