The purpose of patient positioning is not just to help the athlete feel comfortable but also putting them in the appropriate position that will best aid healing.
- ALL footwear should be taken off before occupying the tape or treatment room table.
- Use bolsters at any time the spine is not in a neutral position
- When inflammation is present, use wedges to elevate the inflamed joint above the heart. After situating an athlete ask them if they are comfortable. If the athlete is not, adjust the positioning until comfort is achieved but also aiding in healing.
Here are some examples of how-to patient position: