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Could a custom-made seating system be my only solution?
So, my search for a pressure mapping clinic near me has paid off. I just need an appointment now. Have any of you ever had pressure mapping done? Hopefully this will be the end of me buying cushions that aren't suitable for me (I only know this with use.) Can pressure mapping help decide if you need custom made seating or not? I have tried so many off-the- shelf foam cushions, air cushions (Vicair vector) and currently have a 3 year old Jay3 fluid-foam cushion which is bottoming out. I haven't felt comfortable over time with any of these, and used them until they were worn out. I'm noticing they do nothing for my comfort or posture, and the pain I'm in because of them is getting me down, sometimes waking me at night as my muscles are so tight from having used them all day. it's the same with wheelchair backs. I've tried standard sling backs (I can't sit up with those) and then the Matrx (Invacare) and Jay 3 (Sunrise Medical) hard backs with foam inserts. I chose deep contour on those, hoping it'd help my comfort/ posture, but they haven't much- I'm sat a little straighter as I'm held up by the laterals on the side and my seatbelt, but after a few minutes I slump again and am really uncomfortable. I've had my Jay3 backrest for 3 years. The thing is, I know many wheelchair companies have either solid or more basic cushion backrests, because I'm seeing that on wheelchair order forms, but nothing convinces me that it'll be good enough and comfortable enough for me to use day in day out. I find the cushion-like backs comfortable at first as they're softer, but I sink into the cushion as they don't offer positioning support, whereas like I've said, solid backs are too hard to make me comfortable. A technician suggested a Recaro seat, but said they're expensive. They look comfortable and supportive (I've never tried one) but the technician also said he didn't think there'd be enough positioning support there for me. Is a Recaro seat worth a try? how many of you have custom seating in your wheelchair and find it better than anything else? I'm fed up of spending money on cushions and backs that in the end don't work for me. Thoughts? from what I've said, does a custom-made seating system (cushion and back) seem the way to go?I really don't know what to do about this.
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