Cushions are available in various densities and shapes to help diffuse pressure, adjust your posture to better support your body and even help you recover quicker after injury or illness. According to the type selected, cushions can suit people at a low, medium and high risk level of developing pressure sores.
Note: Low risk category is defined as a comfort cushion.
Regardless of the type of cushion, cushions alone will not remove the risk of developing pressure sores. It is important to practice skin and pressure area management. Users should inspect their skin daily. If the user requires increased pressure distribution for skin protection (High level), seek advise from a qualified therapist to ensure they meet the individuals needs appropriately.
Traditional foam is a closed cell construction which once compressed wants to spring back to it’s original shape immediately and provides a more rigid firmer support.
Memory foam is a open cell construction allowing air to pass into and out of tiny holes in the material. This action results in the foams ability to conform to the body’s shape offering greater support and comfort. It is valued for it’s unique pressure reducing properties.
There are a number of types of gel and different ways for it to be contained in the cushion. Each will conform in different ways to the users shape. Gel can be useful to absorb vibration and is generally quite stable.
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