What is Postural Care?
As a child begins life they are unable to independently achieve a balanced and symmetrical posture but as the child grows and develops they learn to move through balanced and symmetrical patterns of movement.
It is generally agreed that children with neurological impairment move in less symmetrical movement patterns. They are at risk of developing postural problems, such as hip dislocation, scoliosis and pain. Additionally, they may develop difficulties with digestion, eating and drinking if not managed correctly.
By understanding why certain postures cause body shape changes we can all intervene and help delay or prevent deterioration.
Implementing postural care can maintain or improve body shape and physical ability. This can be achieved by having skilled and supported carers able to use good symmetrical and supported positioning techniques and appropriate equipment.
It is never too late to start protecting and restoring body shape (Death by Indifference - Mencap 2007)
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