Nvq 2

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Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care (HSC 2028) It is important to have a understanding of basic anatomy and physiology in my job as it can help reduce the risk of harm to me and the clients whilst undertaking moving and handling procedures. Muscles allow the bones at a joint to work like hinges. Muscles pull and move the bones at particular joints, this makes the joint move and therefore the body moves. When a muscle contracts, it pulls the bones at a joint in the direction that it is designed to move. With reduced mobility, muscles can become floppy and make movement slower and more difficult, but when muscles are used on a regular basis, they remain firm and move more easily. When supporting moving and positioning activities, it is important to remember that muscles can only move the bones at a joint as far as the joint allows. For example, the elbow and knee joints have limited movement; trying to extend these joints beyond their range can cause painful damage to the joint. Nerve fibres run all the way through the body and send impulses to muscles, which enable the muscles to contract and relax. Nerve fibres are delicate structures and can easily become damaged through poor moving and handling techniques, understanding basic principles such as this can help me protect my clients and myself from physical harm. There are a number of conditions that can have an impact on the correct movement and positioning of people. For example arthritis, people suffering with arthritis often have stiff painful and sometimes swollen joints and frequently have limited movement in the affect areas. Care needs to be taken when moving or positioning arthritic people, to reduce the possibility of causing pain and discomfort. Also I would need to be aware of the limited movement of arthritic joints and not attempt to move these beyond their limits. For example I have a client, Mrs D who has arthritis in her shoulders, this means her arms...
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