Risks of Whole-Body Vibration for Power Wheelchair Users

The presentation will be recorded and will be available to watch on OSOT's Archived Webinars page shortly after the event. Please only register for the presentation if you are able to attend live.

Date and Time: February 24, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm

Presented By: Cathy Choi, OT Reg. (Ont.), Robin Gairns, OT Reg. (Ont.) and Zachary McAlpine, OT Reg. (Ont.)


Description:

An under-estimated consideration when prescribing power wheelchairs is the exposure of the client to whole-body vibration (WBV), which is known to have detrimental health effects, such as motion sickness, low-back pain and changes to the nervous system. This webinar examines how the clinicians can improve their estimate of WBV exposure to their clients and how the drive configuration of power wheelchairs affects the vibration experienced by wheelchair users. The goal of this webinar is to raise awareness of the risks of WBV and provide clinical applications to inform the prescription of power wheelchairs.

Session Topics:

  • Detrimental physical effects of whole-body vibrations on power wheelchair users.
  • How to use a smart phone accelerometer and an available mobile application to measure power wheelchair vibration.
  • Clinical considerations when prescribing power wheelchairs or vibration dampening equipment.


About our Presenters:

Cathy Choi
is a registered OT who has over 20 years of experience in seating and mobility. Cathy has presented at both the Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference and annual CAOT conference, is a member of RESNA, and has lecturer status appointment at the University of Toronto.
 
Robin Gairns is a registered OT currently working in community-based private/auto sector practice in the GTA. She graduated from the University of Toronto with her MSc OT in 2019. Robin completed work on this project under the supervision of Cathy Choi and Robyn Davies at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

Zachary McAlpine is a registered OT currently working in pediatric practice in Thunder Bay. He graduated from the University of Toronto with his MSc OT in 2019. Zachary completed work on this project under the supervision of Cathy Choi and Robyn Davies at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

Fees: (All fees are plus HST)

Members: Complimentary

Student Members: Complimentary

Non Members: $25

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When
2/24/2021 - 2/24/2021

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