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Dynamic Seating at the Pelvis

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Alex – keep those wheels on the floor!

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In this blog, we shall explore solutions for clients whose strong movements are actually lifting the casters right off the floor.

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Review of Hip Musculature and Impact of Dynamic Back Design

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A whopping 21 muscles cross the hip – and I’m absolutely certain I can’t name them all. These muscles provide movement in 3 planes and provide stability between the femur and acetabulum (the hip joint).

Seating Dynamics Seminar

Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference: Providing Movement for Clinical Benefit

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This course will define dynamic seating, as well as the clinical benefits of this intervention. A variety of product options and features will be reviewed to better match these features to a specific client’s needs.

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Alpine Rehab Conference: Muscle Tone, Tone, Management and Dynamic Seating Intervention

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This course will explore muscle tone, implications in wheelchair seating, and interventions. We will start with muscle tone definitions, etiology, pathophysiology, movement disorders, and related diagnoses.

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Wheelchair Seating Surfaces, Cushions & Dynamic Seating

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Can a Dynamic Back be used with any type of seat? Does the movement allowed by this component limit what seating surface can be used? This is an important consideration. A seat or cushion is typically designed to support the pelvis and provide pressure distribution when the client is in a static position. Dynamic seating gets things moving!

Dynamic Backs and Pelvic Positioning Belts

Bread and Butter: Dynamic Backs and Pelvic Positioning Belts

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Just like Bread and Butter, Dynamic Backs and Pelvic Positioning Belts go together. Dynamic Backs are designed to allow movement at the pelvis and torso in response to client force and then return the client to a neutral starting position. A key component is the pelvic positioning belt, which is designed to maintain the pelvis in as neutral a position as possible in relation to the seating system. When that seating system moves, the pelvic belt is even more critical in maintaining pelvic position.

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Allowing Movement Of The Pelvis Without Loss Of Position

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Dynamic movement can be provided at various areas of the body where movement is possible from a seated posture. The
dynamic component allows movement beyond the usual seated posture, such as into increased trunk extension, and then assists with the client returning to upright. Ideally, the return to upright does not lead to a loss of position, such as a posterior pelvic tilt.

Dynamic Rocker Back Interface

The Dynamic Rocker Back Interface: when should I lock it out?

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The Dynamic Rocker Back Interface (DRBi) is a Dynamic Back that moves in response to client force. The elastomers in this Dynamic Back then return the client to an upright position. Some Dynamic Seating components “lock-out” or “latch” to temporarily render the component static. When should the DRBi be locked out?

Dynamic Seating at the Trunk

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Dynamic Rocker Back interface – Factors which contribute to elastomer wear Part 1

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How do the Elastomers in the Dynamic Rocker Back interface work? Let’s start with Seating Dynamics DRBi elastomer basics.

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Dynamic Rocker Back Interface – Indicators that the elastomers need to be changed Part 2

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The elastomers in a Dynamic Rocker Back interface (DRBi) are designed to absorb client forces, store force as energy, and use that energy to return the client to upright sitting.

Seating Dynamics Seminar

Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference: Providing Movement for Clinical Benefit

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This course will define dynamic seating, as well as the clinical benefits of this intervention. A variety of product options and features will be reviewed to better match these features to a specific client’s needs.

Seating Dynamics Seminar

Alpine Rehab Conference: Muscle Tone, Tone, Management and Dynamic Seating Intervention

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This course will explore muscle tone, implications in wheelchair seating, and interventions. We will start with muscle tone definitions, etiology, pathophysiology, movement disorders, and related diagnoses.

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3 Reasons to Provide Dynamic Posterior Movement of the Trunk and Pelvis

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Our last blog discussed providing dynamic movement at the pelvis. If the pelvis moves posteriorly, the trunk will move posteriorly as well. So if posterior movement of the trunk is desired, dynamic seating components which allow posterior movement of the pelvis are provided, namely a dynamic back rest, which opens the seat to back angle in response to client movement and force.

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Dynamic Seating Provides Anterior Movement Of The Trunk – Part 2

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Our last blog addressed dynamic seating used to provide posterior movement of the trunk. Anterior movement of the trunk can also be facilitated.

Dynamic Seating at the Legs

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Alex – keep those wheels on the floor!

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In this blog, we shall explore solutions for clients whose strong movements are actually lifting the casters right off the floor.

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Dynamic Footrests: Alex needs movement, force diffusion, and stability

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In our last two blogs , we met Alex, a young woman who has very forceful and large movements as well as increased muscle tone.

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International Seating Symposium 2023

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Seating Dynamics was happy to exhibit at the 38th International Seating Symposium (ISS) this year in Pittsburgh! With approximately 2500 participants from 35 countries and over 100 exhibitors, the Convention Center was busy!

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Newly Designed Dynamic Footrests! It’s all about the Pivot Point!

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Dynamic Seating components are designed to move with a client. A great deal of design goes into these components to ensure the product responds to client forces and maintains client position.

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Dyllie: Dynamic Seating Head, Back and Foot Components

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Dyllie is a 25 year old man with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy who has been using Seating Dynamics Dynamic Footrests (telescoping, elevating, and plantar/dorsi flexion), Dynamic Rocker Back, and Dynamic Head Support Hardware for 8 months.

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Ashley: Dynamic Seating, Dystonia & Equipment Breakage

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Ashley exhibits large and forceful movements (dystonia) which have led to injury to her legs and damage to the wheelchair. Dynamic Seating, at the head, back and legs, allows her to move easily and safely.

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Static Wheelchair Footrests: special circumstances

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Why does the world need another static footrest hanger? While manual and power wheelchairs come with a variety of available footrests, standard footrests do not meet the needs of everyone. This one adjusts to meet those needs.

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How to Determine Which Dynamic Footrest Movements are Indicated for an Individual?

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Dynamic Footrests provide up to three types of movement – a telescoping downward movement, knee extension, and plantar/dorsi flexion.

Seating Dynamics Seminar

Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference: Providing Movement for Clinical Benefit

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This course will define dynamic seating, as well as the clinical benefits of this intervention. A variety of product options and features will be reviewed to better match these features to a specific client’s needs.

Seating Dynamics Seminar

Alpine Rehab Conference: Muscle Tone, Tone, Management and Dynamic Seating Intervention

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This course will explore muscle tone, implications in wheelchair seating, and interventions. We will start with muscle tone definitions, etiology, pathophysiology, movement disorders, and related diagnoses.

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International Seating Symposium 2023

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Seating Dynamics was happy to exhibit at the 38th International Seating Symposium (ISS) this year in Pittsburgh! With approximately 2500 participants from 35 countries and over 100 exhibitors, the Convention Center was busy!

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12/4 Free CEU: Positioning the Head

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Join OT Michelle Lange for Positioning the Head to explore strategies beyond the head support of a wheelchair, including specific positioning interventions and addressing visual issues.

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Lock Out Feature | Dynamic Head Support for Wheelchairs

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The Dynamic Head Support for wheelchairs can now be locked-out to limit head movement when desired, such as during transportation. Learn more about this helpful feature.

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Does the Dynamic Head Support Hardware Require Maintenance?

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In prior blogs, we addressed Dynamic Rocker Back interface maintenance and Dynamic Footrest maintenance. Today, we turn our attention to the Seating Dynamics Dynamic Head Support Hardware.

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Dyllie: Dynamic Seating Head, Back and Foot Components

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Dyllie is a 25 year old man with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy who has been using Seating Dynamics Dynamic Footrests (telescoping, elevating, and plantar/dorsi flexion), Dynamic Rocker Back, and Dynamic Head Support Hardware for 8 months.

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Ashley: Dynamic Seating, Dystonia & Equipment Breakage

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Ashley exhibits large and forceful movements (dystonia) which have led to injury to her legs and damage to the wheelchair. Dynamic Seating, at the head, back and legs, allows her to move easily and safely.

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Max’s New Dynamic Head Support Hardware

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This video shows how the Dynamic Head Support absorbs and diffuses Max’s strong forces, reducing the level of active extension in his neck and facilitating a midline position.

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FAQ: Where’s the Ball?

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When ordering or receiving Dynamic Head Support Hardware, many people ask us “Where’s the Ball?” Most head supports (or headrests) use a ball between the head pad and the mounting hardware. Seating Dynamics does not. Why?

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Dynamic Head Support Hardware and Head Position – Can One Help the Other?

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Many clients who benefit from Dynamic Seating specifically benefit from movement at the neck. This may include clients who forcefully extend at the neck or who bang against the head support repeatedly, often in conjunction with a total body rocking movement.

3 Reasons to Allow the Neck to Extend

3 Reasons to Allow the Neck to Extend

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In previous blogs, we have discussed clinical indicators for providing dynamic movement at the hips and knees. Another location dynamic movement can be provided is at the neck through Dynamic head support mounting hardware. Most dynamic options allow movement into neck extension and then facilitate return to an upright and aligned posture. So when is a dynamic head support clinically indicated? 

Combining Dynamic Seating Components

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Using Multiple Dynamic Seating Components on a Wheelchair

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Dynamic components can be used individually, however combining these components can often maximize the impact Dynamic Seating can make and better meet the client’s needs.