Dynamic Seating: Providing Movement for Clinical Benefit was published on the Posture & Mobility Group Journal on 4/22/2022. This article defines Dynamic Seating and elaborates on Clinical Benefits using a series of short case studies.
This case study, published in the Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Journal Vol 16. Issue 8, follows a single participant with cerebral palsy through 15 years of wheelchair seating interventions.
This case study follows a single participant from age 6 to his early 20’s as his seating and mobility team worked to find optimal seating solutions to maintain his position and prevent injury and equipment breakage.
This RESNA Position Paper was approved by the Board of Directors in November of 2020. This Position Paper has now been published in the Taylor & Frances Assistive Technology Journal as of September 2021.
Dynamic Seating is movement which occurs within the seat and/or wheelchair frame in response to force from the client. Dynamic components absorb force which in turn assists the client back to a starting position. Dynamic Seating is frequently used to prevent equipment breakage, prevent client injury, diffuse extensor tone, and provide movement. For people with cerebral palsy who use a wheelchair, Dynamic Seating is a great option for many reasons.
If you have been reading our blogs, thanks! You have seen that we are passionate about Dynamic Seating and have addressed many issues in these blogs and in other resources – clinical indicators, case studies, clinician and supplier perspectives, funding, maintenance and more! In this blog series, I would like to address Evidence. Is there Evidence for the use of Dynamic Seating?
Our last blog explored some of the research that has been done on Dynamic Seating, demonstrating the effectiveness of this intervention for many of the clients using wheelchair technologies. This blog will review 3 additional studies. Although these studies are now dated, the information is still relevant to our practice today. More studies are needed, however, to update the evidence we use to inform our practice.
Oliver is an adorable 5 year old male born at 40 weeks with forceps delivery due to transverse presentation. Several weeks after birth, he was diagnosed with epilepsy, spastic quadriplegia, cortical vision impairment, and hypothyroidism.
Carl is a 44 year old man with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. He drives a power wheelchair with a head array and has accessed a computer keyboard using a head pointer.
Joe is a teenager with very high muscle tone and strong patterns of movement due to brain injury as an infant. See how Dynamic Seating has helped him maintain position, reduce extension, and improve function.