What is Custom Seating?
Custom Seating is commonly misinterpreted as a complex rehab mechanism with the ability to be modified on-demand to fit a specific individuals postural needs. This misconception has driven a, so called, dynamic product conceptualization that is totally overrated. Though, it is true that one can create an after-market apparatus that might fit most needs, there are occasions where these dynamics might generate unnecessary challenges to the individual using the equipment.
In reality, custom seating is the fabrication of products that fit a specific individual. It has been designed to target a postural challenge that is functional, reliable, and above all, that avoids any constant wear caused by the daily use of this product. After-market products are generalized and tend to address broad aspects of a postural condition, but are not designed to address specific daily conditions like tone, fatigue, and other circumstances that can put to the test even the toughest of custom made products.
Important to know:
- Custom seating begins with the health care provider. The health care provider has the ability of pointing out the right resources that will target the specific postural challenges presented and diagnosed.
- Proper postural support starts with the pelvis. If the pelvis is in proper position, the rest will come into place more easily.
- There is no such thing as one solution for all diagnoses'. The 'one size fits all' tag does not fit in all of the complex rehab solutions.
- Custom seating is built specifically for the individual that it is marked for and should withstand any extreme circumstances generated by postural conditions. The product should be governed by a proper warranty in case it does not withstand these circumstances.
- Survey your client. Check possible special modifications required in an after-market product they may have.
- Take dimensions. This is extremely important.
- Does your client have tone? How much pressure is applied to the hardware?
- What type of condition should be addressed?
- Is it progressive? Does it require future modifications?
- What does your client need to have an effective and functional posture?
- Does your client need an alternative drive control? What postural condition keeps him from using one?
- What are the questions that come to mind while making the assessments? Write them down. Our representatives are trained to answer them.