Read more about how different combinations of Dynamic Seating components maximize movement within a wheelchair.
Movement is normal. We are born moving and continue to do so our entire life. Our bodies are designed to move – it is actually easier to move than to stay still! When movement is prevented or restricted, we experience negative physiological effects. Movement is a good thing, however many of us are not moving enough.
In the Fall of 2018, a survey was widely distributed through several list serves and numerous emails. The survey was created and distributed by Seating Dynamics with the goal of obtaining information regarding funding of Dynamic Seating components, without bias to any one manufacturer’s products. In this blog, we will summarize key results and the implications for Dynamic Seating provision.
Spencer has cerebral palsy and very strong extensor tone. His Dynamic Footrests move in response to his extension and diffuse his tone. Without Dynamic Footrests, Spencer ‘stands’ in his wheelchair! He also does not move the same on both sides of his body. The Seating Dynamics Dynamic Footrests move in response to each leg, regardless of the degree of force or movement.
Amanda loves to rock and the Seating Dynamics Dynamic Rocker Back interface (DRBi) allows her to do just that. The Dynamic Back also allows her to lean back, gathering more movement and force to help her self-propel her manual wheelchair. In this video, we can see Amanda pushing across a smooth floor and then really using the Dynamic Back to help her push over a grassy area.
Some clients may benefit from a telescoping feature in their wheelchair footrest. This client may have very tight hamstrings which limit active knee extension. The telescoping feature can absorb and diffuse force. Knee extension, in combination with the telescoping feature, follows the natural arc of movement which occurs when the knee is straightened.
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.
Phillip is an adult with developmental disabilities. He lives at the Mary Campbell Center in Wilmington, DE. He has increased muscle tone throughout his body. Phillip is non-ambulatory and nonverbal. He seeks out movement and tends to rock with his entire body in his manual wheelchair for much of the day.
Toby is an ATP who works for Numotion in Connecticut. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Toby on a few occasions and I truly admire his amazing knowledge and experience. He works quite a bit with dynamic seating and I had an opportunity to talk with him about that recently.