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You can’t get that funded! If the client can move, they will just extend more! Or they will move out of position! And, there isn’t any evidence that this intervention is beneficial. Are these facts or myths? Michelle Lange will present this Numotion Dynamic Seating Seminar on July 21, 2020.

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In general, if a client has moderate to significant hip extension, is seeking movement, and/or has a history of equipment breakage, a Dynamic Back may be appropriate. However, trialing a Dynamic Back can be challenging, as the frame may have to be modified to trial this equipment. How do you determine if this intervention is appropriate without actually trying it?

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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.

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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.

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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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