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Ottobock leverages years of custom-fabrication experience to launch custom contoured wheelchair back support

AUSTIN, Texas (March 29, 2017) – Ottobock Healthcare has released the OBSS™ Ortho-Shape back designed for active wheelchair users and dependent wheelchair users with high positioning needs.

The innovative design of the lightweight custom back support incorporates body alignment, pressure distribution, and directional forces for comfortable postural control. A digital scan is all that is needed to start the process of creating the custom contoured back before the shape is reproduced using state-of-the-art CAD/CAM production processes and high-tech materials. Additionally, if the user’s body conditions change, the contours can be easily modified in the field to accommodate changes and ensure a better fit.

The padding on the back and around the edges relieves pressure points and improves user comfort, and the Evolight material helps keep skin dry and cool and reduces skin breakdown. Finally, the intelligent ergonomic mounting system provides six inches of freedom allowing users or caregivers to make adjustments in all three planes — tip anterior/posterior, rotate left/right, and tilt left/right — for maximum balance and postural control.

“Ottobock has been a leader in custom contoured seating for over two decades,” stated Frank Oschell, Vice President of Human Mobility for Ottobock North America. “We were the first to introduce digital image capturing into the patient fitting process and we recently introduced the industry’s first affordable handheld 3D scanner. Now, with the introduction of the OBSS Ortho-Shape Back, we’ve expanded our custom seating portfolio by taking a more orthotic approach to wheelchair seating that provides active and involved users greater postural support and more freedom of movement.”

The OBSS Ortho-Shape Back can be seen in action on the Ottobock YouTube channel: