Spex Blog

 

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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Merino fabric is the latest addition to the Spex Seating Fabric selection. It meets the demand of most circumstances, especially for users with rare skin diseases as it is a 100% natural wool fibre making it soft, stretchy, and breathable.

Spex Fabric Selection

See below images outlining the Spex fabric selection including the latest, Merino. 

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Tailored Comfort for Afonso

Afonso lives with his mother and family in Portugal. He has been in a wheelchair for most of his life due to a condition called Global Delay of Psycho Motor Development in the context of Neuro-Axonal dystrophy. This is a rare inherited neurological disorder which affects part of a nerve cell that carries messages from the brain to other parts of the body, and causes progressive loss of vision, muscular control, and mental skills. Maintaining a correct posture is fundamental for Afonso to ensure his trunk and head position is supported.

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This blog aims to provide some guidance on the potential causes and presentation of tight hip flexors for wheelchair users. Seating solutions will be considered along with how Spex cushions can help to manage outcomes for functional seating. Individuals with tight or hypertonic hip flexors may sit in anterior pelvic tilt (an anteriorly tilted pelvis). This exaggerates the lumbar lordosis of the spinal column (Mansfield & Neumann, 2019).

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A young man living in Fiji has been gifted a life-changing solution from the Shaping Better Lives team at Spex Seating.

Navi lives with a condition called Spastic Cerebral Palsy, which means movement is extremely difficult for him due to his increased muscle tone on both sides of his body. He requires assistance with many activities in his daily life.

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There are two new updates to the Lateral Thigh Support and Arm Support Combos.

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