Category: Head and Neck Supports

Support For Drooping Head.

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--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A pulley device to assist holding head erect for persons with degenerative disease of the central nervous system. A three foot wooden ski tip has a slot cut in the tip and a stationary pulley is mounted on the back of the ski. The ski is installed vertically in the middle of the back of the wheelchair by use of U-shaped metal clamps which fasten the ski to the back upholstery of the chair. a smaller pulley is attached at midline about 6 inches below the large pulley. A headband is made of muslin straps. One strap is circumferential and supporting straps cross the top of the head in transverse and anterior-posterior directions. The straps are lined with foam and a 2 inch lacing loop is sewn into the headband where it fastens over the occiput to provide attachment of a weight. A 36 inch traction line is attached to the nylon loop of the headband and threaded through the smaller swivel pulley and over the large pulley, and then hangs down the back where it is attached to a weight. Approximately two pounds of weight such as lead shot is used but can vary with the needs of the person. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Braile, L. TITLE: Support for the Drooping Head REF: Journal: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol 35 No 10: October: p 661- 662. 1981.


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