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Clinical Justification for Head Supports

This article is for wheelchair users and prescribers of wheelchairs who want to understand more about why a head support may be required and how to justify the need.


What is the purpose of a head support and what are the benefits?

The head support on a wheelchair serves a variety of functions.

  1. To provide posterior support to the back of the head during transit to prevent whiplash when travelling in a vehicle.

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Why Is the SuperShape Back Support Softness Important?

Supershape® provides an extra supportive wheelchair back solution, with Shape Technology for contouring to provide postural integrity, pressure relief, and comfort. In this video, Bruce Mascull uncovers the purpose of the SuperShape back support softness and why achieving the right density is important for wheelchair users with varying postural needs.

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What is the difference between the Spex Classic and the Spex SuperShape back supports?

View the video where Bruce Mascull, General Manager at Spex Seating provides a detailed comparison between the Spex Classic and Spex SuperShape back supports which will help to uncover the design that is best suited for you and your seating needs.

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Bariatric Seating Solutions: Considerations for People of Size With Postural Asymmetry and Wheeled Mobility Needs

This clinical resource will discuss some of the differences between bariatric and non-bariatric populations and key considerations in providing seating solutions for this wheelchair user cohort. It is important to understand this because failure to match technology to the person’s needs can result in adverse consequences relating to pressure management, postural support, and/or comfort. Body shapes can be so different and seating solutions need to respond accordingly. Obesity is on the rise – “In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight.

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This article is for clinicians and prescribers of wheelchairs who may be working with individuals with Dementia. It is intended to raise awareness of the postural changes associated with the condition and provide solutions as to how we can respond with seating solutions for those in the more advanced stages of the condition when independent mobility is affected. Spex recently held a webinar “Immersed and Enveloped Positioning” in collaboration with Jo De Clercq, Physical Therapist, at De Wingerd Care Facility in Belgium (de Clerq & Churchill, 2021).

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What will the adventure be for you this holiday season? What will the excitement bring? Where will your quest for action and drama take you?

Or maybe you'll take the time to sit back and relax, take it easy, enjoy a break, and spend time with the people you love?

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Care, Maintenance, and Management of the Spex Cushions

The selection, orientation and care of a cushion all play a vital role in maintaining good postural support and skin integrity for the user. Fabric covers can become worn, cushions may not be positioned correctly, and unprotected foam can lose its functional properties needed for positioning and pressure relief management.

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Nikayla's Zest for Life

Nikayla is a creative young woman with loads of energy and zest for life. She loves playing sport and fills out her day with many activities.

As Nikayla spends predominately the whole day in her wheelchair, it's important that her back support provides the neccessary support and is comfortable, which is why Nikayla's wheelchair is fitted with the Adapta3 Back Support, as the Profile Curvature System can be adjusted to her individual needs.

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The Journey Thus Far

When I started with Spex in 2019 little did I know how ‘global’ my own exposure would become.

It has been such an incredible journey and this blog is a personal narrative of my clinical educator experience with Spex.

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The Spex Head Support Pad range has recently been updated in design, and the newest versions are now constructed from an aluminium shell covered by an injection moulded polyurethane foam to ensure a smooth and comfortable support surface. 

The family of head support shapes have been geometrically and biomechanically updated to give greater support and stability for head positioning for wheelchair users. 

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Achieving Correction of Postural Asymmetry With Lateral Trunk Supports

This blog provides some detail on why we use lateral trunk supports, how they can be configured to provide a clinically appropriate solution, and an overview of the range of lateral trunk supports available from Spex to enable the correction of postural asymmetry.

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Bridget Churchill sits down with Rocket, Wheelchair User, and Penny, Physiotherapist, to learn about their personal experience with Spex Seating.

Discussions cover how the Spex Flex Cushion and other Spex Seating components have improved the wheelchair seating experience from both a Clinical perspective as well as a Wheelchair User perspective. View full interview below: 

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