Learn how to evaluate industry-sponsored research

A new online CEU course!

Searching for Good Outcomes in Industry Sponsored Research is Ride University’s latest free CEU course offering. 

Taught by Sharon Sonenblum, PhD, Biomechanical Researcher at Georgia Tech University, the course provides information on the different types of studies being done, how to evaluate the research processes, and how you might use the results in clinical decision-making.

Learn more about wheelchair seating and Ride products, from experts in the field, and at your own convenience, on Ride University’s online education platform.

Rave reviews on the Custom AccuSoft Cushion

The Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion is designed for those needing a softer, more supple sitting surface.

Reports from the field indicate that ATPs are finding the AccuSoft Cushion to be a great solution for clients who benefit from an accurate shape and, because of the forgiving surface, the cushion functions well even in living situations when they may not always be positioned as precisely. 

Get up to speed by watching these videos — and consider how the AccuSoft Cushion might work for some clients:

Cutaway view of the Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion (left to right): foam cushion, incontinent-resistant inner cover, breathable spacer mesh outer cover.

Back support and the PSIS

A good back support makes it possible to optimize pelvic alignment and then balance the trunk without affecting pelvic alignment. The key to achieving this support goal is in the way the back support pivots around its axis for seat to back angle.

The Ride Java Back Support, front view (shown with Java Cushion).

When the Java Back is positioned correctly on the wheelchair, it provides optimal pelvic alignment. It can then be adjusted for trunk balance without changing the pelvic alignment already achieved. Correct height adjustment of the Java Back on the wheelchair is key. 

When determining the correct height of the Java Back on the client’s wheelchair, it is important to locate the client’s PSIS (Posterior Superior Iliac Spine).

Line up the PSIS (indicated by dotted line) at pivot point of the Java Back, shown here from rear.

The PSIS is the most prominent posterior aspect of the iliac crest. If you’re not sure how to locate a client’s PSIS, here are some tips: 

  1. Stand behind the client and find the iliac crest laterally. Move your thumbs in and down until you find a prominent bony bump (which sharply disappears distally and inferiorly).
  2. Look for the two dimples on the lower back — the PSIS are typically located under the dimples.

Then adjust the back height so that the back angle pivot point lines up with the client’s PSIS. This allows the back to pivot around that point of control at the pelvis and not affect the anterior-posterior (sagittal plain) pelvic  orientation.  

New clinical research from Germany

The Forward and Java Cushions were the subject of recent clinical trials, to evaluate their efficacy, in support of Ride’s entry into the German market.

View the research summaries here for the Forward Cushion, the Java Cushion, or download the complete clinical test results.

Peruse additional relevant research on Ride products on the website here.

Simple in-field modifications to Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion

All Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion cover options allow easy access to the foam cushion for simple in-field modifications that save time. In this video short, Joe Bieganek, Orthotist and President of Ride Designs, demonstrates the proper procedures to use should you need to modify an AccuSoft Cushion.

Learn more about the Custom AccuSoft Cushion: