How To Do Pressure Reliefs

Published on 13. Apr, 2010 by in Video


Shannon Minnick, a peer mentor at National Rehabilitation Hospital, shows some tips and techniques to do pressure reliefs in her wheelchair.

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9 Responses to “How To Do Pressure Reliefs”

  1. Manon says:

    Great demonstration!

  2. MarkSpizer says:

    great post as usual!

  3. DC Johnson says:

    Great demonstration, but what about individuals who are C4-5 and lack the upper body strength to do the type of pressure relief being demonstrated? Doesn’t pressure relief also mean you have the appropriate equipment prescribed (e.g. wheelchair, cushion) and fitted to your needs?

    Keep up the good work and I’m looking forward to more information.

  4. admin says:

    Thanks for the feedback. You are correct, optimal pressure relief assumes that you have the correct and individualized equipment to best suit your needs. We are newly and actively in the process of developing these videos. Your feedback on pressure reliefs for people with higher injuries is appreciated. For someone with C4 or C5 injuries, pressure relief really requires more dependence on either a power chair with pressure relieving capabilities or assistance from a caregiver.

  5. Emily says:

    great post as usual!

  6. dave tierney says:

    great information.- i was there in 1982 after gunshot to spine t-77/11

  7. KLD says:

    There are other techniques for using the push handles and tenodesis for doing side to side leans as well. It would be good if these were shown as well. This subject clearly has triceps, which makes it much easier.

    Forward leans may not be safe for those who are newly injured and have thoracic or lumbar hardware with 90 degree hip flexion maximum limits. This should be mentioned. Also, in a manual chair care must be taken to have the casters turned forward or the chair may be tipped forward using this technique. It would be good to show some technique for coming back to sitting for those without triceps as well. Perhaps this should be titled “Weight shifts for those with C6 tetraplegia”.

  8. KLD says:

    Ooops. I should have said “Weight shifts for those with C7 tetraplegia” due to the triceps evident.

  9. RRTC on SCI says:

    Thanks for this information, KLD. We are trying to provide useful (and safe) information and are trying to figure out how to best deal with the problem of “one size fits all.” Clearly, it doesn’t and the variations are many. It is great that your comment is here as we work to make our videos better.

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