Applications with Various Diagnoses
Changing Medical Presentation Can Mean Changing Seating Needs
I often say that the only constant in the clients that I serve is CHANGE. I work mostly in pediatrics, so kids tend to grow and, as a result, outgrow their equipment. In kids, however, we have to deal with more change than simple linear growth.Continue Reading
What is Muscle Tone?
If a client has increased muscle tone, this will impact what seated position is selected and what seating strategies will be used to achieve and maintain this position.Continue Reading
Dynamic Seating for People with Increased Muscle Tone
This blog is the final in a series on Muscle Tone. This series has addressed muscle tone itself, movement disorders, primitive reflexes, diagnoses characterized by increased muscle tone, tone management, and general wheelchair seating strategies used with this population.Continue Reading
What are Primitive Reflexes?
Primitive Reflexes, also called obligatory patterns, are commonly seen in people with increased muscle tone. These reflexes are present in infancy and often aid in specific tasks such as nursing.Continue Reading
Tone Management and Medical Interventions to Decrease Muscle Tone
This blog is part 5 of a series on Muscle Tone. Many medical interventions can impact wheelchair positioning for clients with increased muscle tone. This includes tone reduction medications, injections, surgeries, and orthotics.Continue Reading
General Seating Strategies used with People who have Increased Muscle Tone
This blog is part 6 of a series on Muscle Tone. In this blog, we will discuss general wheelchair seating strategies commonly used when working with someone who has increased muscle tone.Continue Reading
Diagnoses Characterized by Increased Muscle Tone
This blog is part 4 of a series on Muscle Tone. Many diagnoses are characterized by increased muscle tone. These include cerebral palsy (CP), traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), and some metabolic and genetic disorders.Continue Reading
What are Movement Disorders?
This is the second blog in a series on muscle tone and positioning. Many people with increased muscle tone also demonstrate various movement disorders. Let’s take a look.Continue Reading
Why Don’t We Use Sub-ASIS Bars Anymore?
Sub-ASIS bars are still available, though certainly not used frequently. To the point that a seating and wheeled mobility specialist could be shunned for using one. Why? What changed?Continue Reading
Why Movement Helps People With Brain Injuries
“Jackson” (named has been changed) was in a car accident when he was only 6 years old and sustained a significant brain injury. As a result, he was unable to move himself, communicate with others, or control anything in his environment. He has been using various mobility bases since that time.Continue Reading