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Back Angle Recline and ‘Tilt in Space’ – The Differences Explained

Posted by / October 31, 2018 / Categories: Inside Recliners, Occupational Therapy

The majority of our Recliners chairs have some form of inbuilt movement capability. Two of the most common are the back recline and the ‘tilt in space’ functions. But what’s the difference between the two? And which one is right for which situation?

The major difference between the two is actually the position of the body or seat of the chair. With back angle recline chairs, the body does not move as the back reclines. With tilt in space chairs, the whole chair tips backwards.

Why use One or the Other?

Back angle recline chairs are useful for increasing comfort and redistributing pressure on the back and legs. They are generally most suitable for patients who have fairly good postural control, as without this it is possible that a patient might slip forwards in their chair. Most important when using this function is that the back angle is the same as the client’s hip angle. If this is not the case then the patient may experience pelvic tilt which can lead to further problems. When using the back angle recline feature, be sure that the patient is repositioned every two to three hours.

Tilt in Space Recliners chairs are suitable for patients who have poor postural control. They allow for the redistribution of pressure and increased blood flow on the back and legs, without the patient having to move their body or old a new position. Depending on the patient’s need for pressure redistribution, the angle can be changed as much as 45 degrees. The advantage of Tilt in Space chairs is that no key joint angles such as knees, hips and ankles need to change as the chair tips.
To find out more about our Back Angle Recline and Tilt in Space Recliners chairs, or for a demonstration, contact us on 01443 431000.

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