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Dynamic Head Support Hardware

Dynamic Head Support Hardware

The Seating Dynamics' Dynamic Head Support Hardware allows neck extension, diffusing and absorbing force to protect the client, protect the hardware, and reduce overall extensor tone. It can be used on its own or in combination with the Dynamic Rocker Back and/or Dynamic Footrests to maximize desired outcomes. The Dynamic Head Support Hardware moves posteriorly in response to both posterior and rotational movement. It is compatible with a variety of head support pads.

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Explore Dynamic Head Support Hardware

Clinical Application

The Dynamic Head Support Hardware moves posteriorly in response to client  force, capturing posterior or rotational movement.

How does the ability to move affect equipment and the client?

  • Forces are absorbed and diffused, protecting both the client’s head and neck from injury  as well as the head support  from loss of alignment or damage.
  • Extensor tone is diffused, reducing overall tone and posturing, increasing function, and conserving energy.
  • Movement is provided, which can assist in maintaining posture,  increasing sitting tolerance, decreasing agitation, increasing alertness, and even increasing function.
Jonathan head position

Jonathan has significant extension throughout his body secondary to cerebral palsy. He had a long history of breaking head support hardware. Dynamic Seating moves in response to his extension and assists him back to neutral positioning. Watch how it works.

Benefits of Dynamic Head Support Hardware

Protects Client from Neck Injury and Strain Due to Extension
Protects Client from Injury secondary to Repetitive Head Banging
Supports Neutral Head Positioning
Provides Movement
Absorbs and Diffuses Force
Reduces Active Extension and Posturing
Protects Equipment from Loss of Alignment and Breakage
Increases Sitting Tolerance
Decreases Agitation
Increases Alertness

In Their Words

Diana Hoopes, PT

Mary Campbell Center
Wilmington, DE

“He loves it! This has saved the chair from breaking down because he has moving components now.”

Karen “Missy” Ball, PT, MT, ATP

PhysioBall Therapy, LLC
Metairie, LA

“I have used dynamic backs several times in the past for clients with head trauma or cerebral palsy with periods of high extensor tone that broke back canes or headrest hardware. Definitely a needed component for those clients.”

Robert J. (Joe) McKnight, ATP/SMS, CRTS

Director of Business Development – California, Nevada, Arizona
Cerritos, CA

“The use of a dynamic headrest on this kind of patient should be the standard, not just to protect the equipment, but the patient.” Referring to clients who repeatedly contact their head support with significant force.

Watch Me Move

Jonathan and tone that won't quit

Jonathan’s Dynamic Head Support in Action

Jonathan has significant extension throughout his body secondary to cerebral palsy. He had a long history of breaking head support hardware and so a Seating Dynamics Dynamic Head Support was recommended. He has since also received a Dynamic Back and Dynamic Footrests. In combination, these components diffuse his extreme extension forces, preserving his posture and facilitating function.

Determining if Dynamic Head Support Hardware is Appropriate

Determining if Dynamic Head Support Hardware is Appropriate

In general, if a client has moderate to significant neck extension, is seeking movement, and/or has a history of equipment loss of alignment or breakage, Dynamic Head Support Hardware may be appropriate. However, trialing this equipment can be challenging. How do you determine if this intervention is appropriate without actually trying it?

phillip before new headrest components

Accommodating repeated banging against a wheelchair head support

In this video, Phillip does not yet have a dynamic head support and has a bald spot on the back of his head from repeatedly banging against his current static head support. The current hardware has been reinforced to stop breakage. Phillip received his new Seating Dynamics Dynamic Head Support Hardware which moves with him, has prevented breakage, and his hair is regrowing!

Technical Information & Options

The Dynamic Head Support can be customized in a variety of ways and with the appropriate amount of resistance to optimize client use.


  • The elastomers can be switched to change the level of resistance. The hardware comes standard with Blue (medium) elastomers to provide movement and return the client to a starting position. If increased resistance is needed, two Green (firm) elastomers can be requested.


  • The links are available in three sizes: 2”, 4”, and 6”. Each Dynamic Head Support Hardware kit includes one of each of these link sizes. Extra link lengths are available. The various length links may be combined in any order to achieve the desired position and either 2 or 3 links can be combined.

Maintaining Alignment

  • Our hardware replaces the ball and socket with a multiple disc finger joint. This provides a large degree of adjustment while maintaining position. This design provides over 3 times the clamping area, allowing the hardware to maintain position, even under extreme forces.

Lock Out/Enable Movement

  • The movement provided by the Dynamic Head Support may be locked out or enabled as desired via a red knob on the component. Limiting movement via the lock out feature may be useful in the following clinical scenarios:
    • During transportation
    • When moving over rough terrain to limit excessive head movement, as needed
    • During feeding to provide client stability, as needed
    • During any other functional task where more stability is required

    Seating Dynamics Dynamic Head Supports manufactured after February 2023 will include the Lock Out feature. If you have existing Dynamic Head Support Hardware, we can provide a retrofit kit. Just contact us.

Head Support Pad Compatibility

  • Matrix Elan
  • Permobil / Comfort Company BodiLink
  • Spex
  • Stealth Products
  • Symmetric Designs Savant
  • BioDynamics
  • ASL ATOM head array
  • Therafin Flat, Molded, Pro-Fit Adjust, Pro-Fit Soft, and Tri-Form
  • Whitmyer

Stealth Products lateral rods and pads are also supported when using our optional lateral component hardware. Stealth Products or Whitmyer sub-occipital pads are supported when using our optional sub-occipital pad adaptor.

Our hardware is compatible with a standard 2" x 2" or 2" x 1" 4 hole mounting plate and requires 3.5" of space behind the mounting surface.

Dynamic Head Support Features

Lateral Swing-Away Adapter to support lateral pads
Lateral Swing-Away Adapter to mount switches by side of head
Sub-occipital pad Adapter
Adjustable resistance
Removable mounting hardware (optional)
Lock out/Enable feature

Dynamic Head Support Hardware Resources

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