Most of us move our bodies hundreds of times a day to perform activities, as well as for comfort and to reduce stiffness and pain. Many times, this is done subconsciously. People with complex movement disorders are often unable to reposition themselves or even communicate that they are uncomfortable.
Pressure areas can rapidly develop and require regular changes of position to reduce the risk of developing a pressure injury. Long periods in the same position and the effects of gravity on the body can lead to shortening of tendons and fixed changes to posture over time. This in turn, can impact on function, independence and the ability to be comfortably seated to allow for activity or social participation.