Got My Back – Postural Care Awareness sessions coming soon!

What is postural care?

Postural care is any intervention which protects a person’s body shape.

The best defence against a unhealthy change in body shape is regular movement. People’s movement can be restricted by lifestyle, such as sitting at a desk for hours or when recovering from an operation, or because they are disabled.  Sport, active movement, therapeutic positioning and the use of equipment such as appropriate seating, wheelchairs and night-time positioning equipment are all types of postural care. These methods should be regularly reviewed to make sure they continue to suit the individual and their current situation.

Who needs postural care?

People with long term disabilities that affect their movement are most at risk of body shape distortion, and therefore need postural care. However, they are not the only ones; other people who would also benefit from postural care are overlooked. For example, parents who lift or carry their disabled children, people who work behind a desk and those who have reduced mobility also need postural care.

Who is responsible for your postural care?

Lots of people are. Firstly, postural care is a public health responsibility. Secondly, whether you are disabled or not, you & your family are responsible for ensuring that you all have good postural care. Thirdly, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists should know about good postural care & support individuals with significant postural care needs. Finally, regular postural care reviews should be carried out by a qualified professional.

How can I learn more about postural care?

Changing Our Lives will be holding four postural care awareness sessions in October 2017.  These will be in Wakefield Postural Care Awareness Day and Bristol Postural Care Awareness Day, Sandwell and Gloucester. We will be sharing four postural care awareness videos, which were coproduced with people with postural care needs. We will also chat about a national postural care strategy and share some research that you can take part in, which will inform professionals about postural care provision around the country.

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