Table 3.3Postural needs of users related to the need for personnel skill and support

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Users of manual wheelchairs without modifications
Children or adults who can sit well without any postural deformities or abnormalities.
Mobility and postural support for comfort, function and the prevention of postural problems associated with permanent wheelchair use.

Mobility and postural support provided through a well-fitted wheelchair and seat cushion.
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Users of manual wheelchairs with supportive seating
Children or adults with mild to moderate postural deformities or tendencies.
If unaddressed, these deformities will limit comfort, health and function.
Mobility and postural support to stabilize posture for comfort, function and prevention of further postural problems.

Supportive seating provided through individual modifications to a basic wheelchair, or a specialized seating system.
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Users of complex supportive seating and mobility equipment
Children or adults with complex, fixed postural deformities. Even with support, many cannot sit normally.
Mobility and individually prescribed and customized wheelchairs to provide postural support and accommodate fixed deformities.


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