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Title: Physiological and biomechanical effects of pressure garments on children with cerebral palsy
Author: Attard, Jesmond
ISNI:       0000 0001 3432 4124
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2006
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Introduction: Lycra® pressure garments are being used in the management of cerebral palsy (CP) to enhance proprioceptive feedback and improve function as well as mobility. This study investigates the changes in interface pressure (IP), temperature, humidity and skin blood flow (SBF) at the patient-garment interface. Conclusion: Generally, IP increased with the number of Lycra® layers built in garments. It also increased with increased movement and activity, perhaps implying the dynamic nature of these garments. The overall decrease in SBF was in keeping with the increased IP; in some cases this was highly dependent on the position of the body in relation to gravity as blood flow increased when the position of the upper limb improved from an elevated to a more natural position down by the side of the body. The changes in temperature and humidity were lower than expected for such a tight-fitting garment, but the breathable nature of the material used allowed for the evaporation of perspiration as the level of activity and/or the ambient temperature increased.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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