24 Hour Postural Care Workshop: Supporting People with Impaired Movement

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - Sunday, April 24, 2016
6:00 pm

Rehab Without Walls
20818 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

People with impaired movement frequently develop problems like contractures, dislocated joints and scoliosis resulting in diminished function and health. Such secondary complications can include but are not limited to respiratory/digestive issues, pressure/skin integrity problems, pain and more complicated feeding, hygiene, transfers and dressing.

While we work to provide the best possible support for people in wheelchair seating systems, often that is where the effort ends. What happens when they are out of those seating systems? Is that “relaxed” position on the recliner or sofa detrimental? Could sleeping all night in asymmetric postures be working against the supports offered during the day?

Understanding these issues and what can be done about them is what 24 hour postural care is all about! Other developed countries are far ahead of us in recognizing the role of 24 hour positioning as a non-invasive way to support the health and well-being of persons who cannot easily change their positions frequently throughout the day and night. Join us to learn more about what you can do as a professional or family member to support people who can benefit from 24 hour postural care!

Topics covered:

  • Who can benefit from 24 hour postural care?
  • Understanding health complications of distorted body shapes
  • Exploring the effects of asymmetry, gravity and time on the human body
  • Temperature regulation and how it is affected by 24 hour positioning supports
  • Non-verbal pain messages and sensory processing related to positioning interventions
  • Possible risks involved with 24 hour positioning – how can they be mitigated?
  • Introduction to outcome measures
  • Hands on practice with therapeutic positioning – experience what it feels like!


This workshop will be of special interest to therapists, families and direct caregivers.


Friday, April 22: 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 24: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Download and print the registration form to fill out and submit by mail.