Bridget Churchill

Bridget Churchill

Clinical Educator and Occupational Therapist
Care, Maintenance, and Management of the Spex Cushions

The selection, orientation and care of a cushion all play a vital role in maintaining good postural support and skin integrity for the user. Fabric covers can become worn, cushions may not be positioned correctly, and unprotected foam can lose its functional properties needed for positioning and pressure relief management.

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The Journey Thus Far

When I started with Spex in 2019 little did I know how ‘global’ my own exposure would become.

It has been such an incredible journey and this blog is a personal narrative of my clinical educator experience with Spex.

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Achieving Correction of Postural Asymmetry With Lateral Trunk Supports

This blog provides some detail on why we use lateral trunk supports, how they can be configured to provide a clinically appropriate solution, and an overview of the range of lateral trunk supports available from Spex to enable the correction of postural asymmetry.

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Bridget Churchill sits down with Rocket, Wheelchair User, and Penny, Physiotherapist, to learn about their personal experience with Spex Seating.

Discussions cover how the Spex Flex Cushion and other Spex Seating components have improved the wheelchair seating experience from both a Clinical perspective as well as a Wheelchair User perspective. View full interview below: 

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This blog aims to provide some guidance on the potential causes and presentation of tight hip flexors for wheelchair users. Seating solutions will be considered along with how Spex cushions can help to manage outcomes for functional seating. Individuals with tight or hypertonic hip flexors may sit in anterior pelvic tilt (an anteriorly tilted pelvis). This exaggerates the lumbar lordosis of the spinal column (Mansfield & Neumann, 2019).

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Exploring comfort - Part 4: Comfort and Shaping better lives

In Part 1 of this blog series, we explored the definition of comfort, which clearly includes both physical and emotional aspects, and how we need to consider this within wheeled seated mobility.

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Anterior Pelvic Tilt, and How to Manage Outcomes in Wheelchair Seating

This blog aims to provide some guidance on the potential causes and presentation of anterior pelvic tilt for wheelchair users. Seating solutions such as belts, back supports, chest straps and harnesses will be considered along with how Spex cushions can help to manage outcomes for functional seating.

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In part one of this blog we explored the definition of comfort, which clearly includes both physical and emotional aspects, and how we need to consider this within wheeled seated mobility. So how do we do that?
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Exploring comfort – Part 3: Delivering comfort

In part one of this blog, we explored the definition of comfort, which clearly includes both physical and emotional aspects, and how we need to consider this within wheeled seated mobility. We explored how we do that, from a clinical perspective, in part 2. This blog will highlight another aspect of comfort that, perhaps, may link more closely with emotional comfort and that is service offering to support wheelchair users.

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Cassie

This blog aims to provide some guidance on the potential causes and presentations of tight hamstrings for wheelchair users. Seating solutions will be considered along with how Spex cushions can help to manage outcomes for functional seating.

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Cassie

Before exploring comfort in wheeled seated mobility, it is useful to look at how comfort is defined in the dictionary:

Lexico Online Dictionary

Oxford Learners Dictionary

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Cassie

Welcome to Part 2 of this series exploring the effect back supports can have on sitting posture. First, to recap:

The back support height and width selection is dependent on a number of factors. The base of the back support generally runs from the height of the posterior superior iliac spines (PSIS) to the chosen height against the user’s back depending on the support needed for stability and the freedom of movement required at the shoulders (e.g. if a wheelchair user is self-propelling).

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