Did you know that Seating Dynamics has a very comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions? You can find this list by ‘hovering’ over the Dynamic Seating tab on our website. One of our FAQs is “Can dynamic seating be used on any wheelchair?”
Our last two blogs have addressed Integrated and Modular Dynamic Seating. Integrated systems are a dedicated mobility base incorporating several areas of movement. Modular components can be retrofitted to a mobility base and used individually or in combination with one another.
Let’s take a look at Spencer’s transition from an Integrated system to Modular components.
Spencer’s Dynamic Wheelchair Story
Spencer is a young man who has used an Integrated Dynamic System for a number of years. He has increased muscle tone and frequently extends with significant force. Before receiving the Integrated Dynamic System, he had broken numerous components on his seating system and manual wheelchair.
In this blog, we will highlight the advantages of Modular Dynamic components. Whereas Integrated systems are a dedicated mobility base incorporating several areas of movement, Modular components can be retrofitted to a mobility base and used individually or in combination with one another. The ability to place these Modular Dynamic components on a variety of mobility bases is a critical advantage. This allows Dynamic Seating to be added to an existing mobility base without having to replace, and fund, a new integrated base.
When boiled down to the basics, the difference between the two options is:
Integrated systems come as a unit – the dynamic components are a part of a dedicated wheelchair.
Modular components can be retrofitted to an existing wheelchair and can be used at just one body site (such as the knees) or combined with other components to provide movement at more than one body site.
The Advantages of an Integrated Dynamic Seating System
So what are the advantages of choosing an Integrated dynamic seating system?
As the system is designed from the ground up for movement, the dynamic components are designed to move in unison in an effort to capture movement that may occur throughout the body. This is a very important consideration. Each client will display a unique pattern of movement, but the movement is inter-related. Clients who exhibit an extensor thrust pattern can easily activate dynamic components simultaneously at the hips, knees, and head.
Dynamic, in the context of physics, is defined as “of or relating to force or power” and “of or relating to force related to motion.” In wheelchair seating, dynamic refers to components which translate force into motion of a portion of the seating system and/or wheelchair frame and, as a result, motion of the client. Continue reading →