FlexForm Custom Wheelchair Seating System - Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

FlexForm Custom Wheelchair Seating System

An innovative, strap based, custom molded and modifiable seating system that simultaneously address all three extrinsic factors that contribute to pressure injury, including pressure, friction caused shear stress, and microclimate (skin/cushion interface temperature and moisture)

How FlexForm Address Pressure Injury-Inducing Forces

There are three primary extrinsic factors that cause pressure injuries: pressure, friction/shear, and microclimate (heat and moisture). Unlike other cushions, the FlexForm Seating System addresses all three. FlexForm allows clinicians and suppliers to assess the seat surface from, the underside, allowing unique abilities to palpate bony prominences of the undisturbed sitter, and to fine-tuning individual straps as needed for spot relief of high-pressure areas to optimize the pressure distribution. This access also allows for certainty of pressure relief to bony prominences and confirmation that bottoming out is not occurring.

The durable web straps are positioned to conform to the user’s unique profile, ensuring maximum pressure redistribution away from at-risk areas, while enabling ventilation (heat & moisture dissipation) in the seat surface area. The GlideWear cover with strategic friction reduction under the pelvis dramatically reduces friction and shear forces (by 40-70%), protecting the user’s skin and giving the FlexForm Seating System a competitive advantage.

Two FlexForm Versions: Insert and Integrated

FlexForm Insert

The FlexForm Insert replaces a traditional cushion with a breathable, custom contoured and optimized seat support surface.

  • Designed and built to fit the user’s wheelchair and individual anatomical specifications
  • Protects user’s skin by simultaneously addressing friction, shear, pressure, and microclimate extrinsic factors
  • Patented, interwoven strap design improve microclimate to keep the user cool and dry
  • Strong, durable, and made from high-strength ABS material
  • Easy for the clinician to modify and confirm reliefs for at risk bony prominences

FlexForm Integrated

With the FlexForm Integrated, the optimized seat surface is integrated into a custom manual wheelchair, delivering all of the benefits of a custom solution without the bulk of a traditional custom cushion.

  • Eliminates the need to lift a separate cushion in and out of your wheelchair for transport
  • Patented, interwoven strap design improve microclimate to keep the user cool and dry
  • Protects user’s skin by addressing friction, shear, pressure, and microclimate
  • Unique molding mechanism quickly creates a custom-molded shape that the user can take home the same day
  • Easy for the clinician to modify
  • Could incorporate this design into specialized sports application wheelchair

Wheel removed to show side molding tools

User Testimonials: What People Are Saying About FlexForm

“There are a lot of things to like about FlexForm. First is peace of mind, not having to worry about how long I’ve been sitting. The second thing would be how much lighter FlexForm is than other cushions I’ve used. this makes pushing that much easier and my van is not a lift van so pulling the chair in is that much easier. Third would be I don’t have to worry if my pants are getting damp and creating a skin problem because the other cushion I have had did not breathe like FlexForm.”

FlexForm User for 32 Months
T6 Paraplegia ASIA A / DOB 1953 / Manual Wheelchair

“I wouldn’t give up my FlexForm for any other cushion.”

FlexForm User for 65 Months
L2 ASIA C / Manual & Power Wheelchair

The FlexForm should be available to everyone. While my ‘sitting schedule’ may not differ in the number of hours, it certainly differs in my quality of life. I no longer have backaches after a few hours of sitting, nor do I slide down in my chair. My posture is much better. I really appreciate the opportunity to use this cushion.”

FlexForm User for 22 Months
T12 Paraplegia ASIA A / Manual Wheelchair

“Prior to getting my pressure sore, I was very active. During the two years I dealt with the pressure sore, it changed my lifestyle and confidence. I became more of a prisoner to my situation. I was extremely frustrated… Since using the FlexForm, I have been pressure sore free. FlexForm has given me my life back. I’m extremely grateful! I cannot thank you enough for everything that you and your team have done for me and my family!”

FlexForm User for 38 Months
T4 Paraplegia ASIA A / DOB 1974 / Manual Wheelchair

“Before FlexForm, I could not get through my day without standing in my stander for a while to get my rear end a break. I would often stand most of the day at work because it was too painful to sit. This is not the case anymore! I can sit (or stand) as much as I want, not because I am forced to. I can’t emphasize enough just how the FlexForm has revolutionized my day. I have gone from constant pain and worry over sitting issues to actually being able to have normal days every day. What a joy!”

FlexForm User for 55 Months
T5 Paraplegia ASIA A / DOB 1954 / Manual Wheelchair

“I feel that the FlexForm seat has been instrumental in healing my coccyx wound and its customized factor has served me very well. I’ve found it comfortable and a positive factor in helping me make the best of a challenging portion of my life.”

FlexForm User for 38 Months
Paraplegia (Spinal Cord Injury) / Manual Wheelchair

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Manufacturers: Ready to Learn More?

If your wheelchair seating company is interested in licensing FlexForm technology, email info@tamarackhti.com

For Clinicians: Where to Find FlexForm

FlexForm is currentlyavailable through a limited number of FlexForm-certified providers, including Reliable Medical Supply, Handi Medical Supply, and Allina Home in Minnesota; and Complex Rehab Solutions in Florida.

Tamarack welcomes any inquiry, while not promising to be able to supply a FlexForm.