Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Exercise
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating neurodegenerative disease involving the progressive loss of upper and lower motor neurons. The increasing muscle atrophy and spasticity caused by the disease leads to weakness and fatigue which eventually affects a person’s ability to ambulate, complete self-care tasks and ultimately breathe. As...
The Importance of Head Positioning with Adaptive Seating
Positioning a person with severe disabilities in a seated posture for functional activities requires matching body functions and structures with available seating and positioning technology. With the wide variety of adaptive equipment available today, positioning for function has been made easier. This type of technology allows us to position a child in space for pressure relief, create a stable pelvis...
Correct Positioning in the Rifton Activity Chair
The Rifton Activity Chair was designed to encourage functional and active sitting postures for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Because such children can present with a wide variety of diagnoses and positioning requirements, helping them participate in classroom or family activities can be tough, but with the right chair it’s possible. The Rifton Activity Chair, because of its...
Achieving Optimal Toilet Positioning
For a child with multiple physical challenges, toileting has often been regarded as a nuisance, an interruption, an added burden. New thinking about health and disability, however, has recast toileting as a critical intervention and an opportunity to teach meaningful skills. These skills, happily, are within reach for nearly every child with special needs. Provided with the right environmental...
A Dance Video Like No Other
Madi is a dancer. Dressed in her tutu and glowing smile, she dances her heart out alongside other little girls her age in the dance class she attends regularly. Madi is five, and at birth she had the diagnosis of L2 Spina Bifida. This means she has no movement below the hips. But being the creative and fun-loving child that she is, Madi finds a way to do anything she sets...
Using the Rifton TRAM for Molding Custom Seat Cushions
An Unexpected Benefit
I work in a seating clinic in Asheville, North Carolina, and for years I’ve struggled with an intractable hurdle. For my patients with spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions I frequently use the custom seat cushions made by Ride Designs which involves the use of a seat simulator made of very soft crushable foam, similar to what a florist uses for flower...
Third Time Lucky
It was in June 2009 that I first met Mike George. I was attending a MOVE International Trainers conference in Bakersfield, California, and Mike had flown all the way from New Brunswick to attend. There, he told me about his son Ben who had Cytomegalovirus (CMV) with resulting severe and multiple disabilities. Mike had met resistance from local therapists when trying to get the MOVE Curriculum adopted in...
Tips & Advice
New Video Tutorials on Using the Rifton TRAM
As word of the Rifton TRAM continues to spread among therapists and caregivers we’ve recognized the need for a simple set of step-by-step tutorials to demonstrate the basic functions of this new transfer and mobility device. If you’ve recently acquired a TRAM or if you’re trying to decide whether it’s right for you or someone you’re caring for, take a few moments to watch...
Seated Transfer: Rifton TRAM video 1
The Rifton TRAM combines three powerful functions in a single, compact, ultralight device: seated transfer, sit-to-stand lift, and gait training. This short step-by-step guide demonstrates how you can quickly and easily transfer your client in the seated position. Because the TRAM uses no sling, it’s ideal for toilet transfers.
The Sit-to-Stand Lift and Gait Training: Rifton TRAM video 2
The Rifton TRAM combines three powerful functions in a single, compact, ultralight device: seated transfer, sit-to-stand lift, and gait training. This short step-by-step guide demonstrates how you can quickly and easily raise your client from the seated position to standing and then proceed to gait training or ambulation.