Why are molded and aggressive contoured seating systems not recommended for bariatric clients?

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

December 15, 2015

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Why are molded and aggressive contoured seating systems not recommended for bariatric clients?

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A molded system usually works by relying on a certain degree of tissue firmness to provide intimate support to the client.  That support say on either side of the trunk is really able to impact the client orthopedically.  It can hold the rib cage and spine in a certain position.  If there is a lot of tissue in between, it will not be successful and can actually lead to pressure because it is compressing that tissue. 


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Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA. 

 


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