The national postural care group, supported by NHS Education Scotland and Promoting A More Inclusive Society (PAMIS), have developed resources to provide practical help and guidance to those with postural difficulties.
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Posture is the shape our bodies form when sitting, lying, standing or moving. Many of us can adjust our position if we begin to feel uncomfortable, experience pain or recognise our position could be harmful.
When we have a movement difficulty caused by an injury, disability or age it becomes more difficult to freely adjust our position. Our body will move in less symmetrical movement patterns leading to a weakness and asymmetry of different parts of the body.
It is important to understand just how distorted someone’s body shape can become if the correct interventions are not put in place. This distortion can have a life threatening and life limiting impact; difficulties with breathing, eating & drinking, experience of pain and high risk of pressure care are just some of the complications.
Your Posture Matters is a suite of resources including a strategy with guiding ambitions and recommendations, a learning framework to support educational development and promotional booklets and posters to support greater understanding of protecting people’s posture. Your Posture Matters aims to inspire service provision across Scotland to work together; a collective ambition to minimise body shape distortion for all individuals with a movement difficulty.
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Sets out three ambitions encompassing 14 recommendations which will be achieved through education, information, collaboration and best practice to enable change and increase capacity to protect the body shape of people with movement difficulties.
Developed to establish nationally recognised, transferable education programmes in protecting body shape.
Your Posture Matters Poster - an easy guide to the benefits of sitting, standing, lying and moving in symmetrical positions.
Your Posture Matters fold out poster can be used by practitioners with individuals to record basic positioning needs in sitting, standing, lying and moving.
Your Posture Matters Booklet - handy sized guide on why posture matters 24 hours a day including hints and tips and when to seek advice.
A short resource for people and / or their carers, aimed at providing practical help and guidance on how managing posture can maintain or enhance respiratory function of those with postural difficulties.
Amanda, NHS Fife
Annalise AF Family Pamis Video
Norma and Barnes
Norma, Community OT, Edinburgh City
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Children and Young people’s Physiotherapy team
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy team and young people
Family carer discussing posture
The legacy of Craig Whinnett
NHS Lanarkshire LD physio team demonstrating supported lying
Michelle's mum's metastatic breast cancer diagnosis led to bone deterioration and reduced mobility
Barnes discusses NHS Lothian work
NHS Lanarkshire Your Posture Matters Learning Disability Physios discuss posture
NHS Lanarkshire Your Posture Matters Learning Disability Physiotherapists discuss posture
Gill from Pamis discusses posture
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