A local non-profit organisation has set up a Postural Management Clinic in Puerto Vallarta, which is dedicated to adapting and making specialist wheelchairs for people with disabilities.
Therapies Unite was set up by English physiotherapist, Laura Brown, who has been volunteering her time for the past four years to the charity she set up in Puerto Vallarta. The organisation helps to support the local disabled community by bringing a wide range of equipment and specialists from England and Mexico to help develop rehabilitation services for children and adults in Puerto Vallarta.
With the help of the Centro de Atencion in Monterrey, Therapies Unite’s most recent project has involved the development of five moulded wheelchairs. These wheelchairs have been specially designed to fit the bodies of children and adults who are unable to sit in a normal wheelchair due to the extent of their deformities. The children and adults who are receiving these wheelchairs will be able to sit fully supported and in total comfort, some of them for the first time in years.
As well as working with individuals in the community, Therapies Unite is also targeting local children’s centres. Over the past year they have donated a large amount of specialist wheelchairs to various centres across the city and providing free courses delivered by postural management specialists from the UK.
Laura explained: “Postural management is an essential component of care for any child or adult who is unable to obtain and maintain a symmetrical posture independently. There are endless benefits to seating a child in the correct wheelchair, but most importantly it allows them to have more independence and reduces the risk of developing deformities.
“We want to make the people in Puerto Vallarta more aware about the importance of postural management for their children and to help families start to implement this at home.”
The Therapies Unite clinic is currently open via appointment only. Their services include a full evaluation of a person’s postural needs and where possible provide the necessary equipment and training. If you would like to find out more information please contact Therapies Unite at [email protected] or Facebook/therapiesunite.