5 years old
Cerebral Palsy with Spastic Diplegia
Jack’s condition mainly affects Jack’s lower limbs. This has led to muscle weakness and increased muscle tone in both legs, in particular the hip adductors, hip flexors, hamstrings and calf muscles. Jack is able to walk independently but his gait is affected by muscle tightness in his legs, in particular his hip adductors.
His symptoms had previously compromised his sitting posture on conventional seating. His parents and therapists found that all Jack’s efforts were needed to maintain his balance which meant his upper limb function was affected. This compromised his ability to participate in activities both at school and at home.
Jack would also often complain of back ache and neck pain following sitting for long periods.
Jack’s physiotherapist wanted to provide Jack with a functional seat that facilitated good posture allowing him to take a full part in school and home life.
Jack has since been using his Bambach for two and a half years and now actually has two seats. He uses one at home for eating, homework and arts and crafts. The other is used for desk work in school.
By providing a stable and symmetrical pelvis and trunk position, the Bambach allows Jack to maintain a healthy upright posture. This has improved his upper limb function and ensured that Jack can put all his attention into the task at hand.
On his Bambach, Jack is able to sit still for long periods whereas other seating would require him to keep shifting in order to balance. This has helped improve Jack’s concentration levels in school.
The saddle sitting position also ensures that the tight hip adductor muscles are placed on a stretch which helps maintain muscle length and reduce the risk of future complications.