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Wheelchair users often require postural support devices (PSD’s) such as chest straps/harnesses to reinforce support and optimise function within the wheelchair seating system. This allows support in both the sagittal and coronal planes for stability of the wheelchair user in the wheelchair.  

Anterior trunk support may include chest straps and chest harnesses.

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When providing a seating solution, the focus is generally on the seating cushion, back support and footrests. The primary contact surfaces are the starting point, always, as these provide the major contributions to alignment and stability at the weight-bearing surfaces at the pelvis and the trunk and feet in sitting. There are additional postural support devices and accessories that help to maintain posture in sitting so that sitting effort is reduced, and pressure is offloaded for comfort and skin integrity.

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Joel Harris

Cushion contouring can provide stability, comfort, and help to offload pressure from the main weight-bearing areas of the buttocks and back of the thighs onto the medial or lateral area. This is achieved by maximising surface contact between cushion and the wheelchair user, maintaining or improving pelvis alignment and body posture and preventing factors that contribute to abnormal tone and pain. 

Common cushion surface contouring includes:

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How we think about wheelchairs varies from person to person. When I was researching information about the ‘look’ of a wheelchair earlier this year, there wasn’t really the information out there that I needed. When I wrote ‘Part 1’ of this blog, I was motivated to explore this further. This research is an opportunity to find out from people who use wheelchairs, their family members, and their caregivers about what actually is important to them.
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In February 2020 I met Jesse and his family during a Spex backrest handover and set-up. What struck me most about Jesse was how his 24/7 posture care management routine was so carefully followed and monitored to maintain his engagement in activities he loved, whilst preserving and protecting body shape since his childhood, following a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.
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When it comes to wheelchairs that are essential for mobility and functional activities, these devices may become a form of self-expression and identity because they become an extension to the wheelchair user's body (Cifu, 2013, p.292). Children and teenagers may add decorative spoke guards or choose colours to promote self-expression. Therefore, prescription of assistive technology should meet functional needs, meet a clinical need and be nice to look at.

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Medifab at Rehacare 2019

Team Medifab at the Rehacare Exhibition; Düsseldorf, Germany.

We’re excited to have been a part in the world’s leading trade fair for rehabilitation and care, along with over 700 exhibitors from 40 countries. Thanks to those who came to experience the Medifab passion, in our search for global partners who are skilled in Seating & Positioning.

Enjoy our video of the action!

 

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To increase function of the Spex Lateral Trunk Supports, two new mounting bracket options have been created, and are now available for scripting.

These include both shorter than normal (for mounting laterals closer to the user's trunk) and one longer than normal (for mounting laterals further away from the client).

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See Medifab at Rehacare 2019!

The team at Medifab are exhilarated to be exhibiting this year's Rehacare exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany!

Rehacare is the international trade fair for rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion, and care. With over 40 years of experience, Rehacare offers a mixture of information and communication possibilities for people with disabilities, in need of care, elderly, or with chronic diseases.

Medifab is looking to expand our dealer network, so we are on the lookout for passionate companies that are skilled in Seating & Positioning...are you interested?

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Medifab at the PMG Conference 2019

Medifab exhibited at the PMG Conference giving the attendees the Spex experience of innovation and passion! Watch our video and experience the buzz on the stand...

 

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Medifab are excited to showcase Spex Seating at the upcoming PMG Exhibition, held in Telford, UK on the 15-17 July

A number of new Spex innovations will be displayed for the first time in the United Kingdom, and the Medifab team are looking forward to connnecting and networking with delegates at this important industry event for prescribers and therapists. 

On display will be a full range of Spex seating to suit paediatrics through to adult wheelchair users. 

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Joel Harris

Watch some highlights of the action on the Medifab booth at the 35th International Seating Symposium in Pittsburgh USA!

 

Our team enjoyed an amazing experience where we were meeting with so many passionate people who want to achieve great seating outcomes for wheelchair users.

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