Langham Steps in ground-breaking new posture trial
Langham is supporting the charity ARCOS with a ground-breaking trial, using the Langham K40 step to improve the lives of people with neurological conditions, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Speech and Language Therapist Kay Coombes, Director of ARCOS said: “The pilot is interdisciplinary. It will involve rehabilitation centres of excellence in London and Birmingham trialling the use of K40 steps instead of wheelchair footplates, when people are sitting. An upright posture of the upper body can be a tremendous help in function, including swallowing and the coordination of breathing and swallowing.”
“It is great that we have been able to help with this pilot, by donating 20 Langham K40 Steps for the national trial” said Marty Brookes, who delivers Langham’s training programme for Occupational Therapists, “The position of footrests on a wheelchair can encourage people to lean back, instead of having a comfortable upright sitting position. When sitting still in the wheelchair, resting both feet on a K40 step allows their feet to be positioned directly beneath their knees. This better posture should help with breathing and eating.”
Langham is exhibiting at Independent Living Scotland (SECC, 5th and 6th October, stand G30) and at the OT Show (NEC Birmingham, 23rd and 24th November, stand E44).
ARCOS is the Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills (www.arcos.org.uk registered charity 1007416).
The photo shows Kay Coombes, ARCOS SLT with David Silverwood of Langham
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