What is a sleep positioning system?
Sleep positioning systems provide support to keep the user’s body aligned throughout the night. It is important to keep the body aligned for individuals that may be unable to position themselves in order to prevent physical deformities caused by poor posture in bed. Most sleep positioning systems are placed on top of an existing mattress and use specialized pillows, cushioned brackets and other forms of contouring the body to maintain proper alignment throughout the night and/or day.
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BILD’s team of physical and occupational therapists will help you evaluate how this system can assist you in improving postural correction.
Who can benefit?
Individuals that would benefit from a sleep positioning system are individuals that have:
- Postural asymmetries
- Scoliosis or any curvature of the spine
- Pelvic obliquity
- Increased muscle tone
- Skin integrity issue
- Any Individual who is unable to adjust their own body when lying in bed
When an individual is unable to adjust their weight or move to be comfortable, they are at an increased risk for many complications such as the ones listed above, due to the increased effects of gravity. When an individual is in a poor position for an extended amount of time, gravity is constantly applying force on the body; if poorly positioned, it could cause skeletal deformities. In order to prevent these unnecessary pains and deformities throughout the night, the individual must be lying in a symmetrical position and have support to prevent any deviation from the proper posture.
Why is it helpful?
Having good posture when in bed will translate to good posture when sitting. Some of the benefits of improving posture are:
- Increased activity tolerance
- Increased balance
- Increased ease of breathing
- Increased ease of swallowing
- Decreased pain
- Decreased skin integrity issues
- Decreased spasticity
- Decreased risk of joint dislocation
It is important that individuals who use customized seating throughout the day remain supported while sleeping to prevent any regression of improvements made from their postural seating systems. Night time positioning is an essential part of a 24 hour posture plan since individuals will spend large periods of time in bed. Using a positioning system at night will help improve sleep quality and keep the user comfortable throughout the night.
The Symmetrikit system provides tools for corrective supports which promote improved posture with bed positioning. With the following supplies:
- Cool-over mattress which provides a temperature moderating material to maintain comfortable positioning and support.
- lateral forms (of different sizes) which secure to the fitted sheet and allow corrective and supportive positioning
- Supportive pillows and positioning aides – designed specifically for improved positioning and corrective assistance
This system, though new to the United States, has been developed and used with great success in the EU and Europe to address the above needs for individuals with postural assymmetry (conditions as noted above). We are excited to bring this incredible system to the Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota regions to improve the lives of individuals with diagnoses such as: Cerebral Palsey, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinsons Disease, Traumatic Brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and other diagnoses who are living with the above listed issues. Some of these issues can be addressed or even improved with the strategies implemented through 24 hour postural support.
BILD’s team of physical and occupational therapists will help you to with evaluating if this system can assist you in improving postural correction.