Last month’s Clinical Corner article addressed The Evidence on Tilt, Recline and Elevating Leg Supports. The article reviewed the clinical benefits of tilt, recline and elevating leg supports and summarized the research findings with respect to angles required for redistributing and relieving pressure through tilt and/or recline. This month, let’s look at the practical application of power positioning. For what reasons do individuals use their power positioning features? How often are individuals completing pressure relieving movements through power positioning? How can technology assist individuals with pressure management?
I first wrote about Weight Shifting and Pressure Management in November 2013. Weight shifting and repositioning are important parts of pressure management to prevent pressure ulcer formation for individuals who use wheelchairs. Click here for the November 2013 Clinical Corner article, which contains information on what occurs internally to the tissue surrounding the pelvis during sitting.
In the past, I have written about wheelchair cushions and how materials and product design affect skin protection. This month, I would like to focus on weight shifting and its role in skin protection.
Before we address the impact of weight shifting on pressure management, let’s have a brief review of what happens to our bodies when we sit, assuming we are sitting with a neutral pelvis; that is, that the pelvis is not tilted anteriorly or posteriorly. When we sit with a neutral pelvis, the ischial tuberosities are the lowest point on the pelvis.
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