Seating Matters Blog

Our clinical team at Seating Matters is made up of occupational therapists, nurses, and a doctor of physical therapy so we have a unique understanding of our patient needs when it comes to seating.
We are changing the world of healthcare seating and through this blog we are educating fellow clinicians with informational videos and how to articles,  as well as sharing key industry news, and highlighting research to support evidence based practice.

A Chair for Lindsey: Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis Pain

By Martina Teirney. OT Lindsey Spoon is a stylish young lady living outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born with cerebral palsy, a motor and movement condition that affects her muscles and mobility. Due to her condition, she has always used a standard wheelchair to get around. Despite all the…

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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SEATING BARIATRIC PATIENTS

By Martina Tierney, OT We’ve discovered from speaking to clinicians, nurses , physiotherapists, and occupational therapists across the world during training sessions and at industry shows, that there is an increasing need for guidance and support when dealing with patients with a bariatric condition who have low mobility.  There is…

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SEATING vs BED REST FOR POSTURE & PRESSURE CARE

By Martina Tierney, OT Bed rest has been prescribed to patients for hundreds of years for those suffering from illness or injury or following an invasive surgical procedure. In the mid-1940s the beliefs around bedrest and its value began to shift. It was found that soldiers in the Second World…

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Reduce Falls And Sliding From Chairs

By Martina Tierney, OT Falls Risk: Tips to Improve Patient Safety “Don’t hurt me, heal me. Try as we might, people do come to harm in ways that can be prevented. Hospital acquired infections, injuries from falls, bed sores and medical errors are examples of preventable harm that can occur…

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BEN’S STORY

Ben, an 87 year old male, had suffered a stroke (CVA), and has osteoarthritis. He had a history of pressure injuries and spent up to 14 hours per day in his chair, along with being hoisted for all transfers. By Martina Tierney, OT Ben was a member of the intervention…

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RACHEL’S STORY

Rachel, a 94 year old female, has arthritis in her left knee and a history of falls. She mobilised with a walking frame and needed assistance for all transfers. By Martina Tierney, OT Rachel was a lady who took part in a Seating Matters research trial as part of the Intervention…

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BARIATRIC CHAIR AIDS STROKE PATIENT RECOVERY

By Martina Tierney, OT Len Nixon is a bariatric gentlemen, approaching 181kg.  After suffering a stroke, Len found himself being admitted to hospital in Belleville, Ontario.  Because of Len’s bariatric condition he was spending most of his day in bed in hospital, occasionally being transferred by a lift to a…

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BEAR FOUND HIS “SAFE PLACE” IN HIS SPECIALIST CHAIR FOR CHILDREN

I often share stories of older people who are benefiting from their Seating Matters chair.  Today I want to tell you about 13 year old Logan ‘Bear’ Matthews and his Mum Alison, from Luton, UK. Bear suffers from complex epilepsy, a condition that affects his brain. Epilepsy can start at…

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Finding The Right Chair for Anne Marie With Huntington’s Disease

By Martina Tierney, OT I want to share with you Anne Marie’s Story.  For me, Anne Marie and her family’s story is one as an OT that I hear about often, but it can be difficult to explain the discomfort and danger someone like Anne Marie could be in whilst sitting…

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