Which clients benefit from dynamic seating by diagnosis?

As dynamic seating is often used by clients who have increased muscle tone, clients with the following diagnoses often benefit from this technology:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury (when spasms are present)
  • Huntington’s Chorea
  • Other diagnoses where increased tone is present

As dynamic seating is also frequently used by clients who seek out movement, clients with the following diagnoses may benefit as well:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Sensory processing disorder (when a wheelchair is also required)
  • Other diagnoses where the client seeks out movement

https://www.seatingdynamics.com/2016/12/05/why-movement-helps-people-with-brain-injuries/

Which dynamic head support hardware should I recommend?

The Single Axis dynamic head support hardware provides approximately 8 degrees of movement posteriorly. The resistance can be changed using different elastomers.

The Multi Axis dynamic headrest provides movement posteriorly and laterally, allowing this to respond to rotational movement. If the client does not always extend directly in midline, but has some rotation to their movement, the multi axis dynamic headrest is indicated.

https://www.seatingdynamics.com/2017/03/06/dynamic-head-supports-importance-design-meeting-client-goals/

What part numbers do I need to order a pair of dynamic footrests?

It is best to call and let us help you determine which dynamic components are needed to match your client’s needs. The installed length of our footrest is determined by the manner in which our adapter mounts into the specific wheelchair: they may be level with, above or below the seat rail. We can help you determine the exact measurements to fit your client. We can also help you to accommodate future growth, if needed.

What is the longest dynamic footrest I can order?

The longest dynamic footrest is approximately 21 inches from the seat pan to the footplate. This will vary depending on the type of wheelchair, as some receivers sit above the seat pan and will affect the overall length.

VERY IMPORTANT: when using the longer length dynamic footrests, the seat to floor height of the wheelchair must be considered. The dynamic footrest will extend (telescope) up to 1.5 inches. Therefore, overall length of the dynamic footrests on the wheelchair equals the leg length PLUS the 1.5” telescopic movement. This must be within the available seat to floor height. Additionally, the knee angle becomes very important to consider as a longer length can be used at a 60 degree angle than at a 90 degree angle.

Do the dynamic footrests swing away for client transfers?

Yes, the Seating Dynamics footrests will swing away (in or out) or lift out from the wheelchair by simply sliding the release button located on the outside of the receiver to the rear. Swinging inward allows the footrest to move out of the way for a transfer even if there is not room to the side of the wheelchair for the traditional swing-out style of footrest hanger.

Can I take my dynamic footrests off one wheelchair and put them on another wheelchair?

Yes, but in order for the dynamic footrest to properly fit and function there are items which will need to be compared and/or adjusted between the two wheelchairs. This situation comes up when replacing the old wheelchair with a new one and in switching back and forth between a manual and power wheelchair.

The new or second wheelchair must have Seating Dynamics receivers. We suggest you contact us to confirm compatibility between the two. We are happy to speak with you to verify if current dynamic footrests can be reused or if new footrests are indicated.