Why is posture management needed?
Our bodies are designed to move. We move when we become uncomfortable, adjusting our posture to find a more comfortable position by changing the stresses and strains placed on our joints, ligaments, muscles and other soft tissue.
Some people are unable to adjust their position in response to discomfort and may have to remain in one position for a long period of time. They are then at risk of the development of what are known as secondary complications, for example, shortening of soft tissue, pain, discomfort and skin problems.
If the person who cannot move for themselves has too little, or inadequate, support and control of their posture in lying, sitting and, if applicable, standing, their mobility and function can be compromised and their condition can deteriorate.
If, however, a well designed programme of posture management is put into place, the development of secondary complications can be controlled and function and mobility can be facilitated.
Before a programme of posture management can be recommended, it is necessary to carry out a full assessment of the client, taking all of their needs and those of their carers into account. The assessment would include attention to environmental issues that may impact on function and/or safety.
Following an assessment, the information gathered will be analysed to plan a 24 hour programme of physical management.
The aims of the programme will be to avoid deterioration of the condition, promote comfort and maximise functional independence, overall to enhance quality of life. The benefits can be seen before and after a client has had in place a programme of posture management.