What does „dynamic seat shell“?
If we observe a group of children sitting during a lesson or visiting a cinema, we realize that the term ""sitting still"" is more wishful thinking than a reality. Everybody also needs some movement while sitting in order to improve their posture, to relieve the body parts that have been stressed for too long and to keep the body joints mobile. The AKTIVLNE is the intelligent solution for all children and adults with a cerebral movement disorder who cannot independently master important movement mechanisms. The dynamic connection between the various parts of the seat unit allows the seat shell to move accordingly. This mobility is adapted to the individual requirements of the user by means of an appropriate pull and push suspension, resulting in a therapeutically positive sitting position that in no way interferes with a pleasant seated experience.
What are the advantages of an AKTIVLlNE for the user?
Many people who have difficulty moving purposefully or whose posture is influenced by mostly uncontrolled stretching movements can only benefit from a care system with the AKTIVLINE seat shell. In the past, attempts have been made to control the involuntary movements by means of firm fixation which, for various reasons, have a negative influence on sitting. However, such a solution has actually only masked the problem. Muscle tension, especially in the hip and trunk area, were even prone to be increased. The consequences are widely known: the seat shell was often broken or deformed, the patient slipped out of the seat shell, the use of wedges or groin straps between the thighs caused additional pressure on the musculature responsible for luxation of the hip. AKTIVLINE intends to eliminate these undesirable consequences and even offer the possibility of partially controlling the described movements or using them for a meaningful purpose. The pull and push suspension allows involuntary movements to be limited. Once the musculature regains its relaxed state, the seat shell returns to its initial position by itself. Simultaneous physiological and dynamic sitting is achieved. In addition, the resistance to stretching does not have the same immediate maximum onset of action as with the conventional method of a care system - but only becomes effective at the end of the movement.
Which children and adults will benefit most from such an AKTIVLINE care system?
Movement disorders resulting from spastic paralysis (infantile cerebral palsy) can be observed in many different ways: On the one hand, different parts of the body can be affected (hemiparesis, diparesis, tetraparesis) and on the other hand, movements themselves can also be deficient (a- and hypokinetic) or not targeted ( dyskinetic). The perceptual component is always of great importance for people in the organization of their movements. Patients with tetraplegia are often unable to control their posture and are quickly ""frightened"" by various stimuli. An alternative care system should be tried if overstretching of the head, trunk and hips can be observed, if the movement of the hips is tolerated to some extent and if a wheelchair is used almost exclusively.
Even patients who cannot sit for long due to a painful hip will also feel the benefits. The AKTIVLlNE offers the only alternative to the usual care systems for the dyskinetic movement disorders. The main advantage is that movement components that interfere with targeted actions (e.g. speaking, using the computer) are absorbed by the shell's mobility.
I am dissatisfied with my rigid seat shell!
A satisfactory care system with a rigid seat shell should of course not be changed under all circumstances. One knows how long it takes in some cases to find a good care system. However, if you are dissatisfied despite many years of experimenting, because the seat shell often breaks, a good sitting posture is not achieved, because pain reduces the time spent sitting or because involuntary movements negatively influence the operation of various devices, then it is advisable to try an AKTIVLlNE seating system. It will be possible to determine very quickly whether the benefits of ""dynamic sitting"" are accepted by users and their environment