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State Spinal Cord Injury Service

Spinal Seating Modules

Module 7:
Postural interventions


This module explores posture in seating and wheeled mobility system for people with spinal cord injury, and offers principles for postural intervention.


Achieving a good posture is one of the goals of seating. A good posture is important to the client’s long term health status and is interrelated with the other three goals of seating: pressure management, functional capability and comfort.

“Seating for task performance is not a single position, but rather an active repertoire of seated postures that the body requires in order for the mind to think, the eyes to read, and the arms to work.” 1


At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of posture for clients with a spinal cord injury
  • Recognise the indicators for postural intervention in the seating and wheeled mobility system
  • Identify posture related issues in seating and wheeled mobility
  • Set postural goals in seating and wheeled mobility
  • Understand key principles of postural interventions in seating and wheeled mobility system
  • Access resources on possible solutions to posture and positioning issues, and
  • Formulate a trial with a client.

In this module


  1. Kangas, Karen M. "Seating for Task Performance." SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication 16.4 (2007): 14-17.