Body shapes in wheelchairs
Every body is different - Let´s build the correct support and shape up
We are all individuals, with different body shapes, abilities and needs. In a seated position the shape and support for the upper body is of outmost importance, from the pelvis and up. Your goal with the body shaping is to strengthen abilities, prevent impairments and simply improve sitting tolerance over time. And what you´ve once adjusted, can always be readjusted again and again.
Which body shape, in which wheelchair, are you shaping up for?
Tall upper body
Short upper body
Large upper body
Posterior Pelvic Tilt
It is important to identify the reason for the leaning posture. Is the pelvis involved and is this the origin of the leaning posture? Or is it caused by lateral flexion of the spine? Can the user correct their leaning posture or is it fixed? Does the user always lean to the same side or does it depend on the activity or time of day? The goal should be to increase sitting tolerance and to help create a comfortable and stable posture while supporting the leaning posture.
There are many possible reasons for asymmetry. To offer the best solutions it is crucial to establish the cause and the seating goals should be to reduce the asymmetry by supporting the individual in as neutral posture that is achievable for the individual. The goal is to offer postural support that prevents further deterioration in the spine and that allows optimum function for the trunk, arms and head and to ensure that internal organs are not compromised for breathing and digestion.