4.1.1 Overview

In this chapter, you will learn about how body processes work to facilitate ambulation and mobility. With this information, you will learn about how to position your own body in terms of posture and other considerations, in order to develop a solid foundation for safely assisting clients.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate principles of good body mechanics when lifting, transferring and providing patient care

Key Terms

When learning about supporting mobility, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this book, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.

  • body mechanics
  • posture
  • muscles
  • tendons
  • ligaments
  • centre of gravity
  • base of support

Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.


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