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IC03: What's in a Back?

This hands on workshop will explore properties of back supports and their impact on seating and positioning. Through demonstration and trial, attendees will assess the differences from sling upholstery, tension adjustable, rigid backs and custom. A review of back properties and their clinical implications will be discussed. Is a tall back needed if the client is tall? What angles and lateral supports are required? How to improve propulsion with back support?
This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Jane E Fontein, OT
Consultant Dynamic Health Care Solutions and Motion Composites
Vancouver, British Columbia

Jane Fontein, has been an Occupational Therapist for more than 30 years most of which have been in the seating and mobility field. Jane is currently self employed and is working as an Independent Manufacturer Educator. She has 2 contracts one with Dynamic Health Care Solutions and the other with Motion Composites, both are Canadian Manufacturers.

Alli Hyde, MS.OT
Motion Composites
Sait-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec



    1. Yang, Y., Koontz, A. M., Yeh, S., & Chang, J. (2012). Effect of Backrest Height on Wheelchair Propulsion Biomechanics for Level and Uphill Conditions. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(4), 654-659.
    2. Hong, E., Dicianno, B. E., Pearlman, J., Cooper, R., & Cooper, R. A. (2014). Comfort and stability of wheelchair backrests according to the TAWC (tool for assessing wheelchair discomfort). Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11(3), 223-227.
    3. Samuelsson, K., Bjork, M., Erdugan, A., Hansson, A., & Rustner, B. (2009). The effect of shaped wheelchair cushion and lumbar supports on under-seat pressure, comfort, and pelvic rotation. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 4(5), 329-336.

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