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.  

Ultra-breathable liner for the Ride Custom Back

>>> NOTE: It quickly became evident that the new ultra-breathable liner is superior in every way to the original composite (Brock®) foam liner. In alignment with our mission to use only the very best materials to make Ride cushions and back supports, Ride will discontinue offering the original Brock foam on the Custom Back as of June 1, 2021. Learn more here. <<<

The Ride Custom Back has long been the premier wheelchair seating solution for achieving optimum postural support, balance and control. The original firm, breathable composite foam liner allows for a thin profile and helps to keep the sitter dry and comfortable in virtually any climate. 

Then Ride further revolutionized custom molded seating by offering the option of a soft foam insert on the Ride Custom Back.  This soft option simply provides a more forgiving user interface with the exacting support of the Custom Back shell.  

Always aiming to improve Ride products, we’re excited to announce a third liner option for the Ride Custom Back! Made from ultra-breathable 3D mesh, this liner performs as well as the original composite liner — yet it’s more breathable. While allowing increased air flow, the Ultra-breathable liner retains even less moisture than the original, making it easier to wash and quicker to dry. In-field modifications are a breeze. Even better, there is no additional charge associated with selecting this liner option.

NEW ultra-breathable, 3D mesh liner material

Review all the liner options via video here:

Technical support team expands

Ride Designs is happy to announce that Jeremy Hansen, ATP, has joined our stellar technical support team.

Jeremy Hansen, ATP, seating and technology specialist

Jeremy has worked in complex rehab technology since 2004. As a rehab technology specialist for more than 15 years, he has experience with all ages and every type of adaptive equipment user. RESNA-certified in 2007 as an ATP, Jeremy has a passion for providing clinical outcomes that improve wheelchair users independence, function, and quality of life.

Utilize the expertise of the Technical Support Team

Take advantage of real-time assistance with your challenging wheelchair seating scenarios. Click here to ask a technical question and/or to schedule a free, live technical support session with one of our technical support team members. 

During a scheduled appointment, you can connect with our technical support team via phone or virtual video platform. We will be right there in the clinic with you. Together, we can find the best solutions to your seating challenges. Try it!

Looking forward…

From Ride’s perspective, the Complex Rehab Industry appears to be recovering well, as we are seeing incoming orders at a rate consistent with previous years. There remains uncertainty about the ability for recovery to continue at the current pace in the coming months.  While we remain optimistic and committed to operating full-steam ahead, we encourage you to submit orders as soon as possible to ensure year-end delivery.

Thanks to all of you out in the field who are back at it — working with people whose lives often depend on getting appropriate seating and complex rehab technology.

Throughout 2020, Ride has been able to fulfill custom product orders within 12 days over 98% of the time. Recently 85% of custom orders have shipped within 8 days. 

We love getting messages like this one, from Dave Blaser of NuMotion:

“You guys got inputted one of my castings on the 20th and it’s freaking at my door already… that’s 10 days for a Custom Back!”

We expect the usual uptick in orders as folks try to deliver seating systems before year-end. So we’re encouraging everyone to get their orders in the pipeline as soon as possible, especially with so many unknowns due to COVID-19. You can count on Ride to do everything we can to get your orders filled as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your business. Work smart, be well, Ride on!

Who knew?! Another use for a sample Java Cushion…

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Watch a tutorial by Ryan Crosby, ATP, SMS, Senior Education & Technology Specialist

Ride Designs is debuting an even simpler way to order the Ride Custom AccuSoft™ Cushion –- by using a Java Cushion as an evaluation tool. (Learn more about AccuSoft here.)

When appropriate, this easy and time-saving method can replace the bead bag and vacuum pump method. Check out this brief video tutorial.

Detailed information, including frequently-asked questions and answers, is available here.

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