Pros and Cons of Integrated Dynamic Seating Systems

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

One of our past blogs, posted September 14th of 2016, explained the difference between Integrated and Modular Dynamic Seating.

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.

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