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Creating a Postural Management Plan to Support a Neutral Pelvis

Creating a Postural Management Plan to Support a Neutral Pelvis

For many therapists, it is incredibly frustrating when, after providing a productive therapy session, we set up a child with non-typical development in "optimal" seated posture only to find shortly after that the child looks nothing like how they were first positioned. Eventually, the child's caregiver or teacher brings the child back to therapy and asks us, the therapists, to "fix" the seating system.

8/30/2021

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Rigid Frame Wheelchairs: Turning Energy into Motion

Rigid Frame Wheelchairs: Turning Energy into Motion

Rigid frame wheelchairs are ideal for transferring energy into motion. When prescribed appropriately, a rigid frame wheelchair helps to provide a more efficient mobility solution. This blog will review the definition of a rigid frame and discuss the factors in a rigid wheelchair that contribute to optimizing movement and performance for an end-user.

7/22/2021

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The Role of the Pelvis in a Postural Management Plan

The Role of the Pelvis in a Postural Management Plan

24-hour postural management is a planned program that considers all relevant positions a child uses throughout the day and intervenes to improve or maintain body shape while promoting the child's functional development. A postural management plan tries to incorporate a neutral body position into the three core postural orientations of lying, sitting, and standing. However, we know that the role of the pelvis is significant to creating these positions and deserves our full attention when we are attempting to incorporate positioning strategies into the child's activities, from bathing to floor play to upright movement.

6/29/2021

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Comparing Wheelchair Wheel Spoke Options

Comparing Wheelchair Wheel Spoke Options

Spokes act as the bridge between a wheelchair user and the ground. Understanding their mechanics and what makes one type different from another, enables informed choices for the best performance and use of budget resources.

5/27/2021

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Breaking the Cycle of Asymmetries Using 24-Hour Postural Management

Breaking the Cycle of Asymmetries Using 24-Hour Postural Management

For those of us who work with children with disabilities, we seem to intuitively know that if the child stays in one position too long, then the body will take the "shape" of that position, and if the position is not in good alignment, the child will begin to develop postural asymmetries. So, we try to create a program that offers alternative positioning throughout the day while supporting the child to prevent asymmetries.

4/19/2021

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