One of the most challenging areas of wheelchair seating is achieving and maintaining the head in a neutral and upright position. Many times, we assess, provide optimal seating, and still the client continues to stare at their lap. Before going to the closet to pick out a solution, we need to know what is causing the issue.
In this Blog, we will explore general intervention strategies – things to try long before grabbing a specific head support.
Quite a variety of head supports are available to meet individual needs. These head supports have unique features designed to match specific requirements.
This is a really good introduction to the Ultra head support. The Ultra can include an occipital pad, suboccipital pad, and lateral pads. Each are very adjustable to match an individual’s needs..
The i2i head, neck, and shoulders positioning system has a great backstory. Leslie Fitzsimmons, an Occupational Therapist in NJ, was frustrated that existing head supports were not meeting the needs of some of her clients. So, being a good therapist, she went into the back room and built one!
How to select the best cushion for your client.
The dreaded posterior pelvic tilt. The bane of seating clinics everywhere. What is it and how can we correct this issue?
As the position of the pelvis impacts the position of the trunk and subsequently the head, we need to reduce this tendency, as much as possible.
When the pelvis is rotated, one anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) is forward of the other. As a result, the client may appear to have a leg length discrepancy as one knee may be more forward of the other.