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1 ACTIVE SEATING FOR PEOPLE WITH A KYPHOTIC SPINE - backrest cushion for the kyphotic spine Netti Kyphotic is designed for users who require optimum stabilization of their spinal curvature. The upholstery is designed to follow the curvature, providing support and stability, and maximum pressure distribution for the kyphotic spine.

2 KYPHOSIS - SOME FACTS Kyphosis is represented by an increased curvature of the vertebral column, particularly in the breast/thoracic region. A normal, healthy spine shows a rather weak, regular posterior curve in the breast/thoracic region, and slightly frontal curve in the lumbar and cervical region. When the curvature is stronger than normal, it is called kyphosis. The cause of kyphosis may be disease, congenital defect, damage of the intervertebral discs, failure or age-related changes (including osteoporosis). AGE CHANGE As a general age phenomenon, the back often becomes slightly bended forward, due to the fact that the vertebrae become more porous and thin. In older people the joints between the vertebrae often hardens. They can t further compensate the amplified curvature by increasing the curvature in loin/lumbar and neck to keep the body and head straight. The result is often forward leaning when walking and sitting. The possibilities of regular movements such as turning around, bending down and raising up is reduced. This affects daily activities such as keeping a conversation, looking around (preparedness at risk) and enjoy food and drink. Lung capacity is often weakened. The incidence among older people is estimated to between 20% and 40%. Women are more frequently affected than men. NETTI KYFOSE - BACKREST CUSHION FOR THE KYPHOTIC SPINE

3 UNIQUE FEATURES Ergonomically designed to follow the curvature of the kyphosis. The middle part has a cut out section to provide maximum pressure relief of the spinal curve. New Unique design ensures freedom of movement for shoulders. Low lateral supports with ventilating 3D textile. The low lateral supports ensure comfort and freedom of movement for shoulders and arms. The lower part of the base is removed so that the cushion can be placed right next to, and aligned with the seat cushion. Multi layered core of foam (PU) with pressure relieving properties. Mars textile/fabric with excellent ventilating and elastic properties. Elastic fabrics ensure that the user can sink into the cushion and take advantage of the good pressure distributive properties. Designed to provide support for the lower part of the spine and its curvature. Left image: a neutral spine with the natural curvature of the thorax-lumbar spine (lower back). Right image: a kyphotic spine. The possibility of movements such as turning around, bending down and getting up are reduced. This affects daily activities such as keeping a conversation, looking around (preparedness at risk) and enjoy food and drink. Build up of Netti Kyphotic. The core is made of different foam materials (PU), with different degree of firmness for maximum pressure relief, comfort and support. Cut out section in the central core to accommodate the spinal curvature. Netti Kyphotic comes standard in 4 sizes, but other sizes can be customized.

4 Temperature-stable Ready for use Ventilation Always ready to use! For users with curved spine Support along the spine Multiple foam layers - increased sink-in Temperature-stable Low lateral supports Temperature-stable Lumbar support Ready for use Can be individually fitted step less in height Height 50 cm (can be customized if needed) Maintenance Heightadjustable Ventilation Lumbar suppor Temperature Stab Pressure-distributi Ready for use Ventilation Pressure-distributing Temperature Maintenance Temperature Maintenance Based on a request from and in cooperation with the market, Alu Rehab has produced a new backrest cushion: Netti Kyphotic. Netti Kyphotic is as the name implies designed for users who require optimum stabilization of curvature thorax = kyphosis. The upholstery is designed to follow the curvature, providing support and stability, and maximum pressure distribution. It has a high elastic textile at the center and a breathable fabric on both sides to ensure good comfort. The backrest cushion in combination with the velcro straps gives opportunity for a more upright seating position. This allows better nutrient absorption, respiration and increased activity level. The backrest cushion comes standard in 4 sizes, but can be offered in other dimensions upon request. Mars textile with 3D textile on lateral supports Complete cushion Extra cover 35x x x x

5 Alu Rehab provides an improved seating system based on the seven principles for maximum sitting comfort. The Netti seating system supplements many features of the Netti wheelchairs. Together they form the optimum solution with multi-point stabilisation of the pelvis that allows maximum freedom of movement for the upper body and represent an excellent pressure distribution solution. All our seat cushions are designed for users who spend many hours in the seat, and are constructed in such a way that the cushions are not sat through. The height of the ergonomically shaped back cushion can be individually adjusted. It provides optimum stability and head control, which is especially important during long periods of sitting. The Netti back cushions provide freedom of movement during activities. Good support for the upper body The Velcro backrest of the Netti III comfort enhances the support that the back cushion provides to the upper body. When the chair is adjusted to best suit the user, the backrest shape is adjusted with six straps in such a way that the lumbar curve and curvature of the spine of the user are supported as much as possible. The continuous adjustment of the seat cushion height facilitates the perfect, customised fit. The ideal sitting position is in the details For our designers, ergonomics and technical solutions go hand in hand. The backrest hinge and its placement hold the secret to the comfort. The shape and placement are unique to wheelchairs from Alu Rehab. This solution ensures that the user does not slide forward when the backrest is tilted backwards. Together with the foot supports it prevents the user from having to endure a bad sitting position, shear forces and pressure ulcers. Intelligent foot supports The automatic leg length adjustment ensures optimum pressure distribution in all different sitting positions. Stable side position The Netti III comes with a sliding seat plate - an aid for easier transfer and positioning of the user. The seat plate can be pulled out and pushed in while the user is sitting in the chair. It ensures that the user is sitting right at the back of the chair. The sliding seat is well suited for people with a contracted knee condition or for lift users. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHAIR SUPPORTS THE CUSHIONS

6 Subject to changes and misprints. Pictures of products may differ slightly from delivery. Version 06/ Alu Rehab AS Bedriftsvegen 23 NO-4353 Klepp stasjon Tel: (+47) Alu Rehab ApS Kløftehøj 8 DK-8680 Ry Tel: (+45)

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