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How to prevent the harness "riding up"

Users of Kaye Products' two largest harnesses occasionally experience a problem with the harness "riding up" while in use. These harnesses utilize thigh cuffs instead of a support panel between the legs.

The riding up problem usually occurs with patients whose pelvis is tilted forward, have hip flexion contracture, or who have larger derrieres. To reduce or eliminate the riding up problem, the following steps should be taken:

  • Make sure the lowest buckles on the back of the harness are fastened below the lower curve of the buttocks.
  • Some older models of the harnesses allow for adjustment of the height of the thigh cuffs. On these models, shorten the strap between the body harness and thigh cuff so that the thigh cuff is as high around the thigh as possible.
  • The type of clothing being worn under the harness can contribute to riding up. Bulky, loose-fitting clothing or nylon jersey fabrics tend to create the problem. Tighter fitting cotton garments minimize it.
  • A thin layer of foam placed between the harness and the clothing around the pelvis has proven effective at reducing or eliminating the problem.
  • Finally, the motion of walking contributes to movement of the harness. It may be necessary to readjust the harness while the client is standing after several minutes of walking.