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JAY Backs Selection Guide


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Every person who uses a wheelchair is unique, but there is an analytical process to match the right type of back support to different postural requirements. Take a look at our JAY back selection guide to underpin your clinical reasoning when selecting the right type of support, as well as the overall wheelchair configuration. This downloadable, printable guide is easy to share with colleagues, and talk through options with clients themselves.

Resource Highlights:

  • Analytical guide to help you configure the right seating features for common pelvic and spinal presentations
  • Top tips not only on the right back support, but other seating and wheelchair set-up factors to consider in conjunction with the right back support
  • Clear reasoning as to why certain JAY back supports might be suitable certain wheelchair users, to help you decide on with confidence
  • Each posture is linked to a popular ‘first option’ as well as another alternative.
  • Easy to download, print and share infographic PDF to keep as a reference and support colleagues in their wheelchair and JAY backrest prescription


Clinical Support Information Citations

  1. Alkhateeb, Daher, N. S., Forrester, B. J., Martin, B. D., & Jaber, H. M. (2021). Effects of adjustments to wheelchair seat to back support angle on head, neck, and shoulder postures in subjects with cerebral palsy. Assistive Technology, 33(6), 326-332. https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2019.1641167
  2. Lange, M. L., & Minkel, J. (2018). Seating and wheeled mobility: A clinical resource guide. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.
  3. Presperin Pedersen, Smith, C., Dahlin, M., Henry, M., Jones, J., McKenzie, K., Sevigny, M., & Yingling, L. (2022). Wheelchair backs that support the spinal curves: Assessing postural and functional changes. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 45(2), 194-203. https://doi.org/10.1080/10790268.2020.1760530
  4. Ukita, Abe, M., Kishigami, H., & Hatta, T. (2020). Influence of back support shape in wheelchairs offering pelvic support on asymmetrical sitting posture and pressure points during reaching tasks in stroke patients. PloS One, 15(4), e0231860-e0231860. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231860

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