It sounds like a grand claim. Too grand to be true perhaps. But no: today, there’s a huge amount of scientific and medical evidence which shows conclusively that the choice of seating for children with cerebral palsy can make a real difference to quality of life. Something as simple and as basic as a seat can not only increase independence and functional control, but help prevent the development of further complications, too. Here, we’re going to look briefly at some of the reasons why this is the case, and show you some examples of how Bambach special needs seating for children with cerebral palsy can make a massive difference to a child suffering with this condition.
Put simply, it’s bad posture. Medical evidence has shown that sitting on a conventional (flat) seat for long periods leads to very bad consequences for the body, as it forces the spine into the ‘wrong’ shape. This is true for all of us, but it’s even more true for those with additional needs or neurological disorders. Yet research has shown that school children typically spend about 80% of their time in a static sitting position.
Here are a few of the negative effects of prolonged sitting in conventional seating and conventional treatment of Cerebral Palsy children:
The Bambach Saddle Seat for children with Cerebral Palsy
Health professional and experts from around the world have testified to the power of the Bambach. Our special needs seating is widely used to improve the posture and mobility of children and young people with Cerebral Palsy, bringing them a new level of quality of life. The difference it can make really does need to be seen to be believed, which is why we offer a free no obligation assessment and 14 day trial at school or at home.
"The Bambach is a great tool for improving the sitting posture of children with postural issues, regardless of age or underlying condition"
Conventional seating requires the hips to be flexed at a 90° angle which leads to the pelvis rotating backwards and a flattening of the lumbar spine. This forces the spine into a ‘collapsed’ or ‘C’ shaped posture, which leads to many medically acknowledged problems.
As the name suggests though, the Bambach Saddle Seat cleverly replicates and enhances the horse riding position, which maintains the spine in its natural ‘S’ shape (its shape in the standing position). This ensures that the postural control muscles are active and work in a balanced manner. Much research has shown that this sitting position has many advantages compared with that of conventional flat seating.
There is now a huge body of evidence to show that using properly designed mobility seating for children with special needs, such as the Bambach, not only reduces the risk of musculoskeletal problems common to individuals with neurological symptoms and decreased postural awareness, but can also have dramatic effects on function, independence and quality of life.
Therapists regularly comment on the dramatic therapeutic benefits of using the Bambach Saddle Seat for children with special needs. Some of the more common benefits include:
"The Bambach helps improve social interaction, self confidence and self esteem"
"The Bambach allows improved access to the curriculum which enhances a child’s learning and development"
"Correct use of a Bambach Saddle Seat can in the long term help prevent spinal deformity and hip dysplasia which often require surgical intervention"
...of how Bambach supportive seating for children with special needs has changed lives.
There are many case studies which demonstrate just how effective a Bambach Saddle Seat can be for children with cerebral palsy. Here are just four examples.
With spasticity in both lower limbs, 9 year old George’s mobility is heavily compromised. After using a Bambach for three years, George now finds many school tasks much easier.
5 year old Jack suffers from cerebral palsy with spastic diplegia. After using Bambach adaptive seating for cerebral palsy for two and a half years now, Jack’s upper limb function has improved considerably, allowing him to concentrate better and work more efficiently.
Laurel suffers with cerebral palsy, has a spinal scoliosis and is also autistic. Since using the Bambach, Laurel’s family have also seen a marked improvement in terms of her back pain, and there has been no progression of her spinal deformity.
4 year old Maisie has cerebral palsy with a right sided hemiplegia. She also has epilepsy. She has been using a Bambach for two years, and now has greatly improved upper limb function as she no longer needs to support herself on her right side.
Bambach supportive seating for children with cerebral palsy is an extremely flexible product. With many optional extras, it can be precisely tailored to the needs of almost any child or young person.
A full account of how sitting in an incorrect position leads to poor posture can be found in our brochure ‘Change a Seat. Change a life’. Click the image to dowload the pdf.
Call Bambach on 020 8532 5100 for a no obligation chat or to arrange a free assessment, demonstration, and 14 day trial.
Change a seat. Change a life.