An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2017:
I have been using the Acta-Relief back with my geriatric population in skilled nursing home facilities with phenomenal results. The back accommodates to the typical kyphotic posture of many of the geriatric population, provides adequate lateral support without laterals most of the time, and my customers find it comfortable. It satisfies the PT/OT positioning goals and satisfies the comfort requirements of my geriatric clients and their families. It is a win-win.
— Jeffrey Cupps, ATP, Numotion
For an off-the-shelf back, it gives you the most adjustment for severe kyphosis, etc. It utilizes “Boa” technology. I had only seen it on hiking boots before this back. You pull a button on the back to release tension, position the person in the back, push the button in, turn the button to tighten some wires, and it is an almost exact mold. Very simple. Change is just as simple. Pull the button, remold.
— John Zona, ATP,CRTS, Reliant Medical Group
Invacare Matrx MX2
This “barely there” back is designed to offer unmatched comfort, support and peak performance. Thanks to new hardware options, sizes and cutouts, the MX2 back provides more adjustability than ever before. Carbon fiber Fixed Mount hardware provides the ultimate in suspension for shock absorption, tone control and a comfortable ride. Quick-release hardware features popular Mini-Set brackets for ease of adjustment and portability. The solid carbon fiber back shell is contoured for optimal fit and support, and cutouts reduce weight and buildup of heat and moisture. Your most active users will appreciate the new 6" back height.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2017:
I really like this new entry in the carbon fiber market. The back is really lightweight and has some flexibility in the shell so you can have some movement without adding any type of dynamic hardware. The hardware is also small/light, which helps decrease overall weight and lessen the profile of the system.
— Lauren Rosen, PT, MPT, MSMS, ATP/SMS, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa
Ortho-Shape OBSS Back
Next-Generation AGILITY Back
The next generation of ROHO AGILITY back systems offers significant enhancements, plus a five-year warranty on the shell and hardware, to match the replacement and funding needs of many wheelchair users. Enhancements include comfortable air and foam options; larger cutouts to the shell for a fresh new appearance; smaller and easier-to-install hardware; air/foam/cover ventilation system for improved breathability; and a lighter shell for easier transport.
JAY J3 HV Back
We can’t control the weather, but JAY’s new J3 HV back can influence a wheelchair user’s all-important microclimate. The J3 HV back can provide warmth or cooling at the flip of a switch. Internal thermal technology includes evaporative cooling to dissipate moisture and pull it away from the body. A rechargeable battery provides at least eight hours of continuous use, and indicator lights tell a wheelchair user if heat (red) or cooling (blue) is currently on. An automatic shut-off feature is incorporated for additional safety. A microclimatic cover features wicking material and a layer of 3DX space fabric to promote airflow and dissipate heat/moisture.
Icon Back System
With wheelchair users, caregivers and technicians in mind, the Icon Back System was designed for those who want fast installations, versatile adjustability and simple operation. The system includes a range of back types and sizes, all with VariLock hardware and VARILITE air-foam floatation cushions for superior comfort. Just two components need to be attached to the wheelchair; others are all pre-installed. Adjusting the angle, depth, width and height of Icon backs is quick and easy: All adjustment screws are accessible from the rear of the back support or the outside of the cane brackets. Adjustments can be made with the user in the chair.
The Accessible Designs Inc. (ADI)
Q-Back, exclusively for Quantum Rehab’s
TRU-Balance 3 systems, features a contoured
shell, viscoelastic foam and a breathable
cover for optimal positioning, pressure
management and comfort for complex
rehab clients. The Q-Back is available in three
contour depths — Active Contour, Deep
Contour and Extra Deep Contour — with
heights from 19" to 25". With angle adjustment
available via the TRU-Balance 3 seating
system, the ADI Q-Back can meet a wide
range of challenging needs.
Blue Chip Medical Products Inc.
The Amara Therapeutic Wheelchair Back
System is designed to improve comfort and
support by eliminating the hammock effect
of standard wheelchair backs. Amara backs
were created to maintain spinal and shoulder
alignment and to provide superior pressure
redistribution. They’re available in three
configurations: fixed back, adjustable back,
or dual-zone back. The fixed and adjustable
backs are made of high-density Medflex
foam, while the dual-zone back has a combination
of Medflex and Viscotec memory form
for added comfort. All Amara backs have
Vyvex-III non-shear covers. The backs are
Corbac Adjustable Back
Ride’s Corbac back support safely supports
the pelvis and trunk while helping to reduce
pressure and shear at the spine and sacrum.
Its adjustable tension design offers control,
comfort and protection with a quick,
easy-to-use mounting system. The 1.75-lb.
back can be precisely fit with adjustable
thoraco-lumbar-pelvic supports, and straps
provide almost infinite fine-tuning of
posterior and lateral contours. Spacer mesh
overlay promotes air circulation and wicks
moisture away from the back surface.
Matrx Elite TR
The Invacare Matrx Elite TR back was
specially designed for manual or power
tilt-only or tilt/recline applications. With that
in mind, the back includes an extra layer of
SuperSoft HR foam for improved immersion
and comfort, and incorporates full support
across the client’s shoulder area. The Matrx
Elite TR’s “Easy Set” hardware installs and
adjusts in minutes, and all adjustments can
be made with the user still seated in the
wheelchair, for added convenience. Bariatric
Elite TR backs with a 500-lb. weight capacity
are also available.