Clinical Corner

Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Back Supports

Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Back Supports

Last month’s Clinical Corner article addressed adjustable, modular wheelchair seating with a focus on cushions. The article reviewed the spectrum of seating, from off-the-shelf to custom seating and described modular seating as the bridge between standard seating and custom seating. If you missed that article, see Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Cushions. This month, Clinical Corner will continue to address adjustable, modular wheelchair seating, with the focus on back supports.

Posted on 2018-04-26


Selecting a Back Support Based on Seating Goals

Selecting a Back Support Based on Seating Goals

Last month’s Clinical Corner article focused on Selecting a Cushion Based on Seating Goals. The article highlighted the importance of conducting a thorough assessment and establishing goals for seating and mobility. Common goals of seating and mobility were outlined. These include: pressure management, positioning, function/stability, heat and moisture dissipation, impact and vibration dampening, comfort, or a combination of the goals. As I mentioned last month, both the cushion and the back support work together to achieve desired results. This month, let’s continue the discussion and focus on generic product parameters in back supports to help achieve client seating goals.

Posted on 2017-12-20


Understanding Seating Sizing

Understanding Seating Sizing

Getting the right fit is important in seating and mobility. The fit of the seating system can affect comfort, function, posture, and skin integrity. This month, Clinical Corner will focus on how to understand seating sizing for cushions, back supports and head supports. A few “tricks of the trade” will be shared so that clinicians can better understand how to request the correct size of seating for an individual.

Posted on 2017-08-29


Customizing Off-the-Shelf Seating

Customizing Off-the-Shelf Seating

​Off-the-shelf seating works well for the majority of people who use wheelchairs; however, there are some people who require either customization of off-the-shelf seating or, for those who have more complex needs, custom seating systems. This month, I will discuss some of the modifications that are available in off-the-shelf seating that address skin protection, positioning needs, or personal choice.

Posted on 2013-06-13


Seating Considerations: The Back Rest

Seating Considerations: The Back Rest

​In one of my previous articles, “More on Practical Seating Considerations – Posterior Pelvic Tilt”, I wrote about the importance of the back rest when seating a client who presents with a posterior pelvic tilt. This month, I would like to talk about back rest selection in general.

Posted on 2011-08-11


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