What is Specialist Seating?

Postural management is the use of any intervention to promote comfort, enhance function and reduce the risk of postural deterioration. Failure to protect an individual’s posture can result in many secondary complications, including pain, fatigue, contractures and deformities, poor physiological function, deteriorating health, decreased function and independence, social isolation, and ultimately reduced quality of life. Read more on the importance of good sitting posture.

CareFlex specialist seating aims to:

  • Promote comfort, relaxation and safety
  • Decrease fatigue and encourage energy conservation
  • Provide a stable base of support to promote function and independence
  • Facilitate normal movement patterns or control abnormal movement patterns
  • Prevent, delay or accommodate postural deterioration
  • Enhance physiological functions
  • Promote good health and wellbeing
  • Improve engagement, interaction and social inclusion
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Pressure care is a crucial aspect of specialist seating, as posture and pressure are inextricably linked.

Posture and positioning have a direct influence on the pressure going through specific body sites. High interface pressures over prolonged periods of time causes the skin and underlying tissues to become compressed; consequently, blood cannot circulate and the cells do not get their vital oxygen and nutrients, resulting in cell death. The body can only withstand these high interface pressures for a short period of time, and when the loading of tissues is unequal and/or the pressure is not regularly relieved pressure injury can occur.

CareFlex specialist seating aims to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers by encouraging equal weight distribution of the individual in the chair over the maximum surface area with integral pressure management. Read more on WaterCell Technology. We also offer functions, such as tilt-in-space and AutoTilt, which can encourage pressure redistribution and relief as part of a pressure management care plan. Read more on how specialist seating can help.

CareFlex specialist seating offers a comprehensive solution for balancing the four key considerations when choosing a chair: comfort, independence, posture control, and pressure relief.

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