Dynamic Seating: What Does the Research Say? Part 2

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

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. Continue reading

Dynamic Seating: What Does the Research Say? Part 1

Seating Dynamics Fumgali Dynamic VS Rigid Seat System Cerebral Palsy
R82 x:panda dynamic seating system used in Fumagalli research

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

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? Continue reading

FAQ: Can Dynamic Seating be used on a Power Wheelchair? Yes! Let’s Talk Compatibility.

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

Ted Ruckstuhl is the Business Development Manager at Seating Dynamics. You may have spoken to him on the phone, he provides quite a bit of support to customers that way. One question he is asked frequently is whether Dynamic Seating can be used on a power wheelchair. Continue reading

Lowering Agitation in High Tone Individuals with Dynamic Seating – A Supplier Interview with JJ Waldrop

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

Supplier JJ Waldrop has worked for National Seating and Mobility in Richmond, Virginia for about 5 years now and has been using Dynamic Seating for even longer. He often works with Suzanne Eason, OT/L at St. Mary’s Home. JJ was kind enough to spend some time with me on the phone recently and we had a great conversation!

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Wheelchairs, Fashion & Dancing – A Clinician Interview with Judy Garber

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

Judy

Judy Garber has worked with Skills of Central Pennsylvania for 37 years; 35 of which she has worked with wheelchairs. “I worked in the same office as someone who would repair wheelchairs and I filled in for him when he was on vacation.” Skills of Central PA supports a number of group homes in four regions.

Judy has been using Dynamic Seating since about 2013 and really likes it. She is mostly using Dynamic Seating to prevent breakage which she was seeing at wheelchair backcanes and footrests. Judy also works with clients who love to dance! The Dynamic Seating allows the clients to move without breaking their frames due to excessive forces from increased muscle tone.

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A Dynamic Journey – a solution to wheelchair breakage and so much more

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

This blog addresses various aspects of Dynamic Seating – seating that provides movement in response to client forces. Just how do people actually find this solution? Well, many caregivers and health care professionals are working with a client who has broken their seating system, mounting hardware and/or mobility base. Wheelchair breakage may occur repeatedly over time. Each time something breaks, the client is at risk of injuring themselves and may not be able to use the wheelchair at all until repairs are made. It can be quite challenging to repeatedly submit for funding for these repairs, as well. As a result, someone close to this client starts looking for a solution. Continue reading

Maintaining Head Support Position – let’s do the math!

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

I see a lot of clients for head positioning in their wheelchair seating system. This requires a thorough seating assessment, as well as providing the best product. Even if I choose what I believe to be the very best head support for a client, I find that maintaining the position of that support is a challenge. I continually find that the hardware has moved, often resulting in a sub-optimal head position for the client.

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Dynamic Head Support Hardware: Choosing Tilt and Recline Resistance

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

The Dynamic Head Support Hardware absorbs client forces and then returns the client to an upright and neutral head position. The purpose of this dynamic component is to protect the client from harm, prevent the mounting hardware from breaking, and to reduce overall extension tone. This hardware can be used with nearly any head pad to best meet an individual’s needs. Continue reading