Large upper body

- Shape up in Cross 5 and Cross 6

Etac Cross 5 and Cross 6, can be set up for both a taller or a shorter users with different body shapes.

The majority of users will use the standard back support. Using the standard back support, the 3A-back support can be adjusted in height from 32 cm to 45 cm. And with the high back support you can get as high as 51 cm. 

Once the desired back height is adjusted and set, the fine tuning of the strap back can be done, and any accessories to support and shape up the posture can be added.

A large upper body, a large trunk, sometimes requires a longer seat depth to accommodative the additional mass of the larger glutamate shelf.

Check that the seat is equipped with a seat extender (1), adjust the seat to back angle posteriorly. Loosen all Velcro straps and place the cover with plenty of room at rear so the seat cushion can be placed as far back as possible. This allows more space for the buttocks. Adjust the lumbar angle forward and aim for Trunk Extension (2). Make sure the user is still leaning towards the back support. Add a Cross Brace (3) if it is not already included.

If needed, attach Width Extentions (4) and Plush Wedges (5) to broaden the upper part of the back support.

A correctly fitted wheelchair should not make the user feel restricted or limited in movement, it is important to create the correct space and comfort for the larger body to increase sitting tolerance.

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2. Back Support Adjustment

Make sure there is sufficient room for the buttocks, keep the lower tension adjustable back strap slackened and start by tightening the back straps in the level of PSIS.

With the seat to back angle posteriorly adjusted, the back support will be slightly lower.

For a tall person, it is often necessary to choose the high back support.

Example of accessory placement

Example of accessories placed on the back support. Here the width extending side stops wedges and pressure distributors are used to create a feeling of a wider back support, and they will also distribute pressure away from the thoracic spine.

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