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Positive Points: Seating assessment and prescription part 1

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In this month’s blog we are going to discuss the influential factors for seating the goals to be achieved through appropriate seating.   Goals of seating The first important stage is to agree the goals with the individual and, where appropriate, their carers. Remember that there will be several different agendas that will influence the goals. These include: Client: comfort, function, communication..... Carer/family: does chair look good in the living room... Therapist: function, physiological function, stability, skin integrity.... In order to achieve the specific goal, it is likely that some compromise will be necessary. A discussion should take place to answer questions on how best to achieve the seating goal and reach the correct prescription for the individual. Questions to ask when setting goals:    What does the person need…
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Positive Points of Manual Handling Training

General, Manual Handling
The Health & Safety Executive defines Manual Handling as relating ‘to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling.’ As   such it can be applied to a lot of our daily activities, which makes manual handling training increasingly more important to us & our physical health.   However, manual handling training in the workplace is often perceived as being dull and only serving as a box ticking exercise to make sure employers have done their duty.   Proper manual handling training can in fact offer many more benefits than is initially realised. We not only need to consider how we handle items but also the amount of times we may employ manual handling daily. Constant & repetitively used poor manual handling techniques can result in…
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Positive Points of Hydrotherapy

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Positive Points of Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Therapy) Hydrotherapy, or Aquatic Physiotherapy, is physiotherapy that is practised in warm water. Hydrotherapy is very beneficial and can help relieve aches and pains, mobilise stiff joints and strengthen weak muscles, as well as enhance a feeling of well-being. Hydrotherapy being practised with a client should be overseen by a Chartered Physiotherapist to ensure that procedures and practices are being adhered to correctly. The exercises are tailored to meet the individual’s needs, meaning it is a very adaptable form of treatment. It is useful for those with physically restrictive conditions that make exercising difficult, such as arthritis or neurological conditions, or for those undergoing rehabilitation. Whenever you are having hydrotherapy treatment a health screening tool must be used to ensure you will not experience any…
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Positive Points: Disabled Access Day Sat 16th March 2019

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                  https://www.disabledaccessday.com/ Saturday 16th March 2019 is Disabled Access Day. The first ever Disabled Access Day was held in January 2015 and the idea behind it was to create opportunities for everyone to try something new in the spirit of safety, welcome and fun. Many events will be held across the country to mark the day. For those local to Leeds, the nearest event will be held at the William Merritt Centre in Rodley, The William Merritt Centre offers advice & assessments to clients & professionals regarding equipment… read more When thinking about Disabled Access we need to ensure it is not only wheelchair users that are considered as disability comes in many forms. Each form will manifest in a different way for…
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Positive Points of Snowsports

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Positive Points of Snowsports There is nothing quite like the feeling of being out in the snowy mountains; enjoying the scenery, the fresh cold air and the exercise of skiing or snowboarding. These are activities that most able-bodied people would take for granted as being ones that they can enjoy. They can simply get out there & do it. However, for those who have a disability or movement impairment, this may not be the case. The idea of being able to participate in & enjoy snowsports for them may seem unattainable. The good news is that, if you want to, then through support & adaptations it is entirely possible for you to enjoy all the fun, beauty & exhilaration that the mountains & the snow have to offer. As a…
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