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Custom Molded Seating

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

January 31, 2022

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Why is custom molded seating important?

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This is certainly not an inclusive list. Custom molded seating is important for many reasons including the following:  

  • Prevention of skin breakdown, by more equally distributing weight. It distributes the weight of the individual, especially if they have something like an obliquity or a rotation.
  • It improves the individual's posture, so they can participate better in things like ADLs, education, work activities.
  • It can improve respiratory function because it makes them sit up straighter.
  • Or it can improve head and neck alignment by better supporting their lower body.
  • Improve GI function by getting their body, again, more upright.
  • Pain control, if you are constantly hanging over to the side or slouched over, that's an uncomfortable position, which if you're doing it all day long, makes you uncomfortable and can make you be in pain. 
  • Improved head alignment, improved eye gaze, which thereby can make you use your speech devices better. This improves communication.
  • Attempts to minimize the progression of deformity. This is especially important in younger children or teenage years where we're trying to slow or minimize the progression of a spinal curve, for example.
  • Help control abnormal muscle tone.

I'm sure there are twenty more things that we could think of.  These are just some of the reasons that I have used in letters to justify why custom molded seating is important for clients.

 

For more information about custom molded seating please check out this course.  


lindsey veety

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

Lindsey is a Physical Therapist with 20 years of experience, who specializes in working with individuals with complex conditions and assistive technology. She is a RESNA certified ATP/SMS and has completed her NOT training. Lindsey specializes in the areas of seating and positioning, custom-molded seating, and adaptations/access to the environment. She enjoys presenting at conferences, doing webinars, and publishing in these areas as well.


Related Courses

Writing Letters of Medical Necessity for Seating and Wheelchairs
Presented by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Live WebinarWed, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm EDT
Wed, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm EDT

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Course: #4424Level: Intermediate2 Hours
This course will cover the details of what to include in a letter of medical necessity. Examples will be given along the way to support not only different types of chairs and seating, but also different scenarios for when insurance companies ask for information how to best answer questions.

Custom Molded Seating 101
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Recorded Webinar

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Course: #4315Level: Introductory2 Hours
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When seeing a client in a wheelchair, knowing what type of seating to choose can be a challenge, especially if the client presents with complex conditions or body shapes that don't fit into linear seating. This presentation will give an introduction to what custom molded seating is, who it would be used for, compare and contrasting the main custom molded seating systems on the market, and go through a simulated molding, fitting, and delivery. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

Wheelchair Seating: Considerations for the Hands-Free Sitter
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The Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) Certification: An Overview
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Once the wheelchair seating assessment has been completed and seating interventions considered, it is time to match specific client needs to product interventions. This course presents various categories of seating systems. Seating systems, whether linear, contoured, or molded, are comprised of primary support surfaces, secondary support components, and materials. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

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