We all need to look after our posture. For some of us it's as simple as sitting up correctly at our computer. But for those of us who struggle to move our own bodies, for example if we have a complex disability, looking after our posture is even more important. If we don’t look after our posture, this can lead to debilitating health complications.

Debbie

Debbie, a young woman with learning disabilities and physical disabilities struggled for years to be comfortable in her wheelchair. She did not have support to hold her head up and her body had become twisted leading to painful health complications. With good postural care over time, she now sits up straight in her wheelchair. Last year for the first time, she was comfortable enough to open her Christmas presents for the first time. This changed Debbie’s life as she was able to do everyday things others take for granted.

Some disabled people with complex physical disabilities, such as Debbie, need good postural care support, otherwise over time their bodies become so twisted, internal organs can become displaced and the person experiences pain most days of their lives.

What’s postural care?

Postural care is used to describe any intervention that helps protect your body shape. This could be:

  • a wheelchair designed for your needs
  • a special seat designed to suit your body
  • a standing frame which enables you to stand up safely
  • night-time supports such as special cushions, to help you sleep straight
  • regular exercise or active therapy programmes devised by physiotherapists or occupational therapists.

 Its important to remember that good postural care support is 24/7.

 To read our basic information leaflet on postural care click here - What is postural care.pdf

 Got My Back Campaign

In 2017, the Big Lottery funded Changing Our Lives to raise awareness of postural care through the Got My Back Campaign. We used some of this funding to work with disabled people to produce these short films:

General Postural Care Information

What is postural care? Why should you look after your posture, and how should you do it?

A poem by Charlie and Kara

Two young people with cerebral palsy wrote a poem about how they look after their body shape and stay active in their everyday lives.

A lack of postural care after a stroke

Harry is an older gentleman who had a stroke. Whilst he received very kind care, his posture was not correctly supported. Sitting in bed for a year caused his body shape to change and crushed his internal organs, which made him more susceptible to infections, and less able to fight them off.

A vlog about sports

Postural care doesn't have to be boring! Looking after your posture means changing position, doing sports and having fun. Here Katy, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, tries sit skiing at her local snowdome.