Credit: .1 CEU
Speaker: Tamara Kittelson, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS
Level: Beginner, Seating and Positioning
Posture deviations develop frequently in individuals with movement limiting conditions. These impact health and function, and require increasingly complex wheelchair seating as joint contractures, pelvic obliquity/rotation and scoliosis develop and progress. This need not happen! Early adoption of custom seating combined with 24-hour posture care management (24-7 PCM) can intervene in this scenario. Custom seating and 24-7 PCM facilitates healthy alignment, development, growth, and function in all human orientations by promoting a foundation of body symmetry and stable posture. Learn principles underlying this approach and how to start making this approach work for your clients.
At the successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe how body position, soft tissue adaptation, gravity and time affect the ribcage, spine, pelvis and hips in growing children, adolescents, and adults.
- Distinguish between therapeutic and destructive postures in sitting and lying, and their relationship to spine, chest, and pelvic distortion.
- Describe how to use posture analysis information to create a therapeutic and functional positioning plan using custom seating and lying support.