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Dynamic Seating – Integrated Vs. Modular Systems

Dynamic Seating – Integrated Vs. Modular Systems

blog-8-photoMichelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Updated 4/4/2024

Dynamic seating provides movement within the seating system and/or mobility base. Dynamic seating systems are either integrated or modular.

Integrated Dynamic Seating Systems

These systems are integrated into the mobility base, meaning that the entire system must be purchased as a unit and cannot be retrofitted to other mobility bases. These are typically only available on a manual wheelchair.

Integrated systems often provide movement at more than one location of the body, such as the hips, knees and head.

Modular Dynamic Seating Systems

Modular dynamic seating components can typically be used on a number of different manual or power mobility bases and can be placed on a new wheelchair or retrofitted to an existing wheelchair. Movement can be provided at one location, such as the hips, or several modular components can be combined to provide movement in more than one area of the body.

Modular Alternatives To Discontinued Kid Rock Integrated System

In the United States, most dynamic seating options are modular, and nearly all integrated systems are only available outside of the country. One of the main integrated systems available in the United States, the Kids Rock series, was discontinued a number of years ago. Clients currently using a Kids Rock system will need to explore other options when this system is outgrown or no longer meets an individual’s needs.

Daniel had successfully used a Kids Rock 2 for a number of years, but he outgrew this system. The Kids Rock 3 provided the movement that had so successfully controlled his extension; however, this was very wide and the family just couldn’t manage the new wheelchair base. Instead, a standard tilt in space manual wheelchair with modular components from Seating Dynamics at the hips, knees and head was successfully provided.

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