Wheelchair Backs


Comfort Company

Acta-Embrace Backrest

Acta-Embrace Backrest

An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2016:

For pediatric back positioning, I haven’t found anything that beats the Embrace back. The moldable bars in the backrest surface meet needs pre- and postspinal surgery, as do the ultra-adjustable/moldable lateral thoracic (and hip, if desired) support pads. They can be configured to even avoid arm interference when a child needs to self propel, and the upgraded headrest, swing-away lateral support hardware and backcane mounting hardware make it even more of a winner.

— Ian Kingscote, ATP, Numotion

  • (800) 564-9248

Comfort Company

Elements Back

Elements Back

The Elements general-use back (code E2611/E2612) has a strapping system to accommodate kyphosis and offer lumbar support. The 1” pressure-relieving foam provides a more comfortable back support than a sling back, and the back securely installs over the wheelchair canes. The Elements backrest folds with the wheelchair for easy transportation and storage. Choose from cover options including Stretch-Air or Comfort-Tek fabric.

  • (800) 564-9248

Stealth Products, Inc.

Tarta Backrest

Tarta Backrests

The Tarta series of backrests combines avant garde materials with ergonomic designs to create postural supports that are adaptable and can be highly personalized. Apply slats of different shapes and measurements to the desired number of vertebrae, and choose different kinds of padding on each vertebra as well. The harmonic steel used within the vertebrae “memorizes” its original position when subjected to distortion, which gives the Tarta system flexibility and resistance. The upper section is more flexible and easily adapts to the movement of the user’s body to maintain postural control, while lower vertebrae, when locked, offer effective lower-back support.

An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2016:

What can I say — this is pure genius. Adjustable. Customization to the max. From the custom graphics to the deep contour (great shape for trunk/thoracic support) and breathability, this is functional and beautiful.

  • (800) 965-9229

Comfort Company

Acta-Relief

Acta-Relief

The all-new Acta-Relief integrates the flexible, adjustable BOA closure system that allows the back to offset the center of pressure and better remove pressure points from the spine, so equal and stable pressure distribution is accomplished in an “off-the-shelf” back design. The Acta-Relief is available in 16", 18" and 20" widths and 18", 20" or 22" heights.

An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2016:

The product that has most impressed me this year is the Acta-Relief back from the Comfort Company. It seems that I have struggled, throughout my 30-year career as an ATP, to find a back that accommodates a kyphotic posture well, and allows provision of lateral supports. This back allows both, and provides comfort and support for this population. I have had great success with it.

— Mala Aaronson, OTR, ATP, CRTS, National Seating & Mobility

  • (800) 564-9248

Comfort Company

Acta-Back

Acta-Back

An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2016:

I like the Acta-Back for adults and pediatric clients who have some kyphosis/lordosis, but are not ready (or cannot get funding ) for custom seating. It also allows for easy add on of trunk laterals.

— Matt Wattenbarger, PT/ATP, Numotion

  • (800) 564-9248

Stealth Products, Inc.

ADI Carbon Fiber Series

ADI Carbon Fiber Series

Ergonomically designed for proper posture, ADI’s carbon fiber series of backs is designed to ease the strain on the lower back during long, active days in a wheelchair. The Carbon Fiber series’ designs more equally distribute forces through the pelvic base of support, which leads to less pain. Carbon fiber or aluminum construction provides strength without extra weight, and these backrests were created to provide maximum stabilization of the trunk with each push and with less energy loss. The backrests are available in 12-19" widths and 10", 13" and 16" heights. Custom options available.

  • (800) 965-9229

Symmetric Designs

Free Form Seating

Free Form Seating

Provide a custom-fitted backrest that can be easily changed as the user’s postural needs change or progress. Free Form Seating is adaptive to give the ATP/clinician the ability to contour the shell to the exact needs of the user. If the user gains or loses weight or needs more or less support, Free Form Seating can be adjusted as necessary. It also can keep up with changes that occur as kids grow. It’s 3D moldable for even pressure distribution and the ability to increase support anywhere on the shell. Free Form Seating accommodates kyphosis, scoliosis and other postural support needs. Increase or decrease the size of the laterals by adding/removing clamps.

  • (800) 537-1724

Ride Designs

Java Back

Java Back

The highly adjustable Java back was designed for users looking for better positioning, greater sitting stability to improve functional performance, and as an aid to improved skin health. The Java’s biomechanically accurate design enables the ATP/clinician to quickly, easily and independently optimize pelvic support and balance the trunk in a way that mimics the normal rhythm and movement of the body. The result: comfort and stability at rest without interference in function or mobility. Height, depth, angle pelvic support and trunk balance can be independently adjusted. The Java back is available in three heights: regular, tall and grande. It fits chair widths of 14" to 20".

  • (866) 781-1633

VARILITE®

JUNIOR Cushions & Backs

JUNIOR Cushions Backs

The JUNIOR line of seat cushions and back supports was designed especially for active kids, using anthropometric data to develop lightweight, streamlined seating solutions. The lineup includes a 10x10" seat cushion, plus 10" back supports (for 9-11" chairs) in mid or deep configurations and with pediatric-specific VariLock hardware. All use VARILITE Air-Foam Floatation.

  • (800) 827-4548

Therafin Corp.

Easy Clip Back

Easy Clip Back

Simplicity meets style in this basic positioning back (E2611) available in 14", 16" and 18" widths. It’s easy to install, has a removable and washable cover, and includes a lumbar pad. The Easy Clip back adds just 2.5 lbs. to the chair and requires no special tools to install — just a tape measure.

  • (800) 843-7234

Mobility Management Podcast

Product Comparo

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    2018 Cushion & Backrest Comparo

    Our pictorial comparison of wheelchair seat cushions and backrests includes photos, specifications and potential applications.

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