What is transfer training?
In rehabilitation, “transfer training” refers to alternate methods of moving your body from one surface to another. We move and reposition our bodies several times a day, like when we get on and off a chair, in and out of the shower, or in and out of our cars. Safe transfer methods are necessary for independent living and the prevention of falls and injuries. People with impaired mobility can learn new ways of transferring their bodies to live as independently and safely as possible.
If you have a condition that affects your strength, endurance, mobility, balance, or coordination, it will be helpful to you to participate in transfer training offered at Vanderlinde Physical Therapy in Boca Raton, FL.
Many conditions can cause a change in physical functioning including neurological disorders, such as a stroke, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury; neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis; and orthopedic conditions, such as lower extremity injury and surgery. Physical impairments may be temporary or permanent, or partial or complete. Our Boca Raton, FL physical therapist will determine the extent of your impairments during your initial evaluation.
What are some types of transfers?
The type of transfers that you learn depend on your physical strengths and weaknesses and will be determined by your physical therapist. If you use a wheelchair or walking device, your equipment will be incorporated into your transfer training. You will learn transfers to and from surfaces used in everyday living. You can also learn car transfers and other types of transfers to meet your lifestyle. Be sure to share your preferences and goals with your physical therapist.
If you are not able to put weight on your legs, you may use your arms and upper body to transfer from a wheelchair to another surface, such as a toilet. If your upper body is strong, you may use a depression transfer, which means that you depress your scapulas to raise your body up and lower it in a new position. If your upper body is weak, a sliding board placed under your buttocks can bridge the gap between the surfaces you are transferring to and from. Some people may need the help of another person for balance and strength. Your therapists will train other people to safely help you. This is called “assisted transferring.”
If you are able to place some weight on both of your legs or one leg, you will be trained to do pivot transfers. Pivot transfers require that you place some degree of weight on one or both legs and turn your body from one surface to another. You may do stand pivot transfers or sit pivot transfers, depending on your ability to straighten your back and legs. Assisted transfers can provide you with extra movement and balance.
How does transfer training work?
Your therapists will identify the types of transfers that will help you be more independent and help prevent future injury. For example, it is easier to transfer to and from surfaces of equal height. Recommendations may include installing grab bars in a shower, using a raised toilet seat, or raising the height of a favorite chair. As your abilities improve, your therapist can teach you transfer methods to match your new skill levels.
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If you are ready to take control of your life and learn new skills that will make your life easier, transfer training at Vanderlinde Physical Therapy may be just what you are looking for. Contact Us Today at Boca Raton, FL Center, and get started today!