Our Wheelchair Headrests Offer Comfort And Ergonomic Options With Multiple Adjustment Capabilities
Mainly used for wheelchairs, these headrests are versatile and can attach to a solid back of any chair or use your imagination for a custom head and neck support.
Wheelchair headrests are sold separately from the hardware to attach the headrest to the wheelchair.
For The Savant Wheelchair Headrest and Basic Wheelchair Headrests
For Combination Wheelchair Headrests
These are the basic configurations of hardware setups for wheelchair headrests. They use various headrest pads which are listed in the next section below. You can match the headrest hardware set up with the headrest pad that gives you the options you need for the best support, functionality, comfort and safety.
Wheelchair Headrest Hardware Configurations
Wheelchair Headrest Pads Used with the above Hardware
Some wheelchair users who do not typically need a headrest may find that a headrest helps to stabilize the head and neck during vehicle acceleration and turning.
Wheelchair Headrests For Softback Wheelchairs
Reducing backward motion of the neck and head can minimize whiplash neck injury during a rear end collision. Properly designed headrests should provide restriction of this backward neck and head motion, therefore, reducing the extent of injuries to the neck. Wheelchair headrests are generally not made to offer restraint of the head during a back impact and, consequently, might not supply complete neck and head protection. Nevertheless, using the concepts associated with occupant safety as well as understanding the biomechanics regarding injuries, the probabilities pertaining to whiplash neck injuries will certainly be reduced whenever a headrest is employed and also placed at the rear of as well as close towards the head.
Many wheelchair users are unable to transfer to a vehicle seat and the wheelchair serves as a means of both mobility and postural support during daily activities and as a seating support in a vehicle.
Headrests devices support and align the head and neck in a stable and functional position. An integral part of the seating system, headrests are typically utilized throughout the day and, therefore, remain on the wheelchair while the user rides in or drives a vehicle.
When front head support is necessary, soft collars that are not attached to the wheelchair are preferred over stiff collars or forehead strap systems that are anchored to the wheelchair. Preliminary data on neck collars tested with child restraint systems show an increase in neck tension with stiff collars. The increased neck tension resulted from the bottom of the chin pivoting on the top of a stiff neck collar and stretching the neck during a frontal crash.
Since stiffer neck collars produced higher neck tensions, it is recommended to use the softest and lightest neck collar that can perform the needed function.
Forehead straps might result in neck hyperextension during a front collision. Avoiding the head from moving forward yet still permitting forward movements with the body because of stretching of the belt or perhaps loose belts or supports could lead to neck extension injury. In the event that these kinds of devices are essential when traveling , they need to discharge at the smallest force possible even though offering useful posture support. An additional possible problem using forehead straps is they can become misplaced plus slide across and down the neck, causing injury.
Please note: Allow some additional time for delivery on the wheelchair headrests and hardware assemblies.
If you need assistance or have questions regarding the wheelchair headrests or hardware, please feel free to contact Neck Solutions.