The Pelvic-Spine Connection: The Key to Positioning and Function


Date: 10/25/22

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Tina Roesler, PT, MS, ABDA

Beginner/Intermediate Level, Seating and Positioning/Medical Terminology, ATP/SMS Prep Content




The wheelchair and seating evaluation has become a very specialized process that focusses on matching the most appropriate equipment with the client’s postural and functional requirements. But often it has a strong focus on the equipment itself. A properly fitting wheelchair can increase a user’s function within the environment physically and socially and can improve overall quality of life. On the contrary, a poor fitting wheelchair and sitting posture can negatively affect the user’s health. An important aspect to proper fitting is to understand the biomechanics of the pelvis and spine and how they integrate to promote stability and function in the seated client. Back to basics.

Tina is a PT with over 25 years of experience in seating and wheeled mobility. She currently works for Bodypoint, a manufacturer of secondary postural supports as the Director of Clinical Development. She has worked in rehabilitation, wheelchair sports, LTC, and has presented on topics related to seating and wheeled mobility at conferences including ISS, RESNA, ESS, ATSA, and PMG. At Bodypoint, she is responsible for developing clinical based education content for clinicians, ATPs and Bodypoint employees.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to identify spinal and pelvic landmarks crucial to seated posture.

Participants will be able to describe changes to spinal and pelvic anatomy as it pertains to development.

Participants will be able to describe how external seating and positioning devices can influence posture and mobility