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Dynamic Seating for People with Cerebral Palsy

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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.

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Dynamic Stories – Clinician Interview: Missy Ball, PT, MT, ATP

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Missy Ball is a retired physical therapist in Metairie, LA who has many years of experience in wheelchair seating and mobility, including Dynamic Seating (DS).

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Evaluation, Simulation, and Dynamic Seating Trials

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Recently a therapist asked me how she could recommend Dynamic Seating components if she didn’t actually try these with a client. Great question! It is not typically realistic to conduct Dynamic Seating trials as one would need to place Dynamic Seating components on a client’s wheelchair for trial and often the frame would need to be modified to accept these components.

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Clinical Indicators: Maintaining Posture by Providing Movement

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Dynamic Seating has many clinical indicators, including reducing active client extension, preventing client pain and injury, preventing equipment breakage, providing movement, and improving postural control, stability, and function.

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Clinician Interview: Elaine T. Lu PT, MHEd, ATP

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Elaine Lu is a physical therapist in Salt Lake City, UT who has many years of experience in wheelchair seating and mobility, including Dynamic Seating (DS).

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What is Dynamic Seating? A Definition. – An update of our most popular blog!

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Our most-read blog is one that defines Dynamic Seating. That initial blog was posted about 4 years ago, so we wanted to revisit this foundational topic.

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9/10 CSMC Conference: Maintaining Posture by Providing Movement

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Join OT Michelle Lange for another great course on dynamic seating at the 2024 Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference.

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Ensure Your Dynamic Back is the Original, Genuine Seating Dynamics Product

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Another manufacturer offers a nearly identical version of an old model of the original Dynamic Rocker Back (DRBi) from Seating Dynamics. Make sure you know what your product is.

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Growing Up in a Wheelchair. Will Dynamic Seating Grow too?

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I mainly work in pediatrics and so growth is always a concern. When recommending equipment, whether it be a bath seat or a wheelchair frame, I need to know how much growth is available in order to ensure the item will continue to meet a child’s needs for as long as possible.

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

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One question he is asked frequently is whether Dynamic Seating can be used on a power wheelchair.