Frans Veldman, the founder of Haptonomics, is quoted as saying ‘we are in our hands’. In the broader sense, what he was referring to was Haptonomics or ‘the science of touch’.
How we present ourselves to the people we assist and facilitate to move can have a profound effect on the outcome. Using our senses such as touch, feeling through special awareness, our own bodily movement can facilitate or inhibit movement and hence safe and effective transfers.
You can learn more about the foundation principles of haptonomy in patient handling at the National Back Exchange Conference. There will be a theoretical and practical workshop with opportunity for the delegates to participate and put the principles into practice.
This practical session will introduce delegates to the foundation principles of haptonomy and allow them to gain an awareness of how we present ourselves to the people we assist and facilitate to move and what effect this has on the outcome. They will also develop their practical skills when applying the principles to patient handling transfers in particular when considering in bed transfers.
This workshop be held on 25th September at 11:15am in the Hansom Suite and will be presented by a experienced occupational therapist and manual handling advisor who has been involved in multiple patient handling publications including the Guide to the Handling of People and the College of Occupational Therapy Manual Handling Guidelines.