RESNA position on the application of dynamic seating

Michelle L. Lange*, Barbara Crane, Frederick J. Diamond, Suzanne Eason, Jessica Presperin Pedersen, Greg Peek

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Dynamic Seating is an intervention used as a part of a manual or power wheelchair to provide movement against resistance in response to client force. This technology can be used for various clinical applications including preventing client injury and equipment breakage; dissipating extensor forces; providing movement for sensory input, calming, and increased alertness; increasing muscle strength, trunk and head control; and other medical benefits. The purpose of this RESNA Position Paper is to provide a definition for this technology in relation to other seating and wheeled mobility technologies as well as present clinical indicators for this seating intervention including literature to substantiate these claims. Although more recent and stronger evidence is needed, existing research does support the application of dynamic seating in numerous clinical scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAssistive Technology
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Dynamic Seating
  • equipment breakage
  • muscle tone
  • providing movement
  • wheelchair seating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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