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


Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Cushions

Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Cushions

Wheelchair seating is fundamental in seating and mobility prescriptions. Combined with the correct wheelchair base for an individual, seating can promote posture and positioning, provide stability, facilitate function, address pressure management and enhance comfort and sitting tolerance.

Posted on 2018-03-29


Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals Who Are Bariatric, Part 2: Ax and Seating

Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals Who Are Bariatric, Part 2: Ax and Seating

Last month, we started a discussion on seating and mobility considerations for individuals who are bariatric. I wrote about body shape and that it is a person’s unique shape and weight distribution that must be evaluated when assessing for seating and mobility. (If you missed last month’s article, click here for Part 1.) Let’s continue the discussion.

Posted on 2015-04-22


Wear in Wheelchair Cushions 2.0

Wear in Wheelchair Cushions 2.0

In May 2012, I wrote an article for my Clinical Corner blog, titled “Wear in Wheelchair Cushions”. If you missed that post, you may click on the following link to read the article. I continue to receive questions on how to determine when a wheelchair cushion requires replacement so I thought it would be a good idea to revisit this topic. This month, I will update the discussion on wear in wheelchair cushions by reviewing research that has been published since my blog article was posted.

Posted on 2015-02-25


Custom Seating

Custom Seating

In previous Clinical Corner articles, I have written about generic off-the-shelf wheelchair cushion design and materials, cushion covers, and wear in wheelchair cushions. I have also written about customizing off-the-shelf seating to address skin protection, positioning needs or personal choice. All of these articles can be accessed by either using the search toolbar in the upper right corner or by clicking on the appropriate tag in the lower right corner of the blog. This month, let’s continue to look at seating with a focus on custom seating.

Posted on 2014-07-15


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


Skin Protection and Seating: Thoughts on Pressure Reduction

Skin Protection and Seating: Thoughts on Pressure Reduction

Last month’s article gave us an overview of pressure sores, staging of pressure sores, factors associated with pressure sores and some prevention strategies. This month, I would like to look at how seating can assist in the prevention of skin breakdown and pressure ulcers.

Posted on 2011-10-03


Pressure Sores and Skin Protection

Pressure Sores and Skin Protection

In one of my previous articles, I wrote about the many possible goals of seating. This month, I would like to take a closer look at one goal in particular – skin protection.

Posted on 2011-08-30


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


Practical Seating Considerations: Pelvic Rotation

Practical Seating Considerations: Pelvic Rotation

​So far with respect to practical seating considerations, I have written about pelvic obliquity, posterior pelvic tilt and anterior pelvic tilt. This month, I would like to focus on practical seating considerations for a client who presents with a pelvic rotation.

Posted on 2011-06-28


Goals of Seating and Considerations for Generic Seating Product Parameters

Goals of Seating and Considerations for Generic Seating Product Parameters

Last month, I talked about the importance of the hands on assessment as a mat assessment provides so much information regarding a client's seating needs. It is a step in the assessment process that cannot be missed.

Posted on 2011-03-18


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