Bambach Bambino

(Shown with optional backrest)

Order code: CHD

Following consultation with therapists and several years of using Bambach products with children with special needs, we have found that using a Bambach from as early an age as possible brings about the best results. The Bambino is the smallest member of the Bambach family and is designed to provide the postural benefits of the Bambach to children as young as 2 years old. It can also be used by older children who are smaller in stature or who have a narrower frame.

Key features

  • Compact saddle profile
  • Ensures a healthy posture in school or home environment
  • Easy clean black vinyl covering with distinctive gold front and rear
  • Available with an adjustable height stem or gas lift options
  • Manually adjusted tilt mechanism (-5° - +15°)
  • Black star base (457mm footprint)
  • Locking castors

Optional extras

  • Back rest
  • Fixed lap belt
  • Trunk harness
  • Height locking bracket
  • Removable tilt handle
  • Standard soft castors
  • Locking when loaded castors
  • Locking when unloaded castors
  • Glides

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Standard Bambach

Order code: BAM 1SN

The standard Bambach Saddle Seat is suitable for schoolchildren from the age of 4 or 5 depending on growth and can be used by that same child through their school years and onwards into adulthood. The Bambach ensures healthy spinal posture by maintaining and supporting the pelvis in an upright neutral position. The standard Bambach, like all of the Bambach seats comes with an optional backrest and lap belt depending the individual’s needs. All Bambach seats come with an appropriate height gas lift and a star base with locking castors to suit the user environment and the particular needs of the user.

Key features

  • Ensures a healthy posture in school, home or work environment
  • Easy clean vinyl covering in a choice of colours
  • Available with an adjustable height stem or gas lift options
  • Manually adjusted tilt mechanism (-5° - +15°)
  • Black Swedish aluminium star base (558mm footprint)
  • Locking castors

Optional extras

  • Back rest
  • Fixed lap belt
  • Trunk harness
  • Height locking bracket
  • Removable tilt handle
  • Standard soft castors
  • Locking when loaded castors
  • Locking when unloaded castors
  • Glides

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Cutaway Bambach

Order code: BCS

Like the standard Bambach Saddle Seat, the cutaway encourages a healthy sitting posture with all the benefits that go along with having the pelvis and spine in a neutral position. The Cutaway differs however in the fact that the front pommel is slightly narrower. This means that the user has their knees slightly closer together with less abduction of the hips. This is particularly useful for children with a narrower pelvis or more commonly for the child with muscle tightness of the adductor muscles of the inner thigh, which is a common neurological symptom (in particular in children with Spastic Diplegia CP), and may limit the child’s ability to straddle the standard Bambach.

Key features

  • Like the standard Bambach but with a narrower pommel at the front
  • Suitable for children with a narrower pelvis and limited hip abduction
  • Easy clean vinyl covering in a choice of colours
  • Available with an adjustable height stem or gas lift options
  • Manually adjusted tilt mechanism (-5° - +15°)
  • Black Swedish aluminium star base (558mm footprint)
  • Locking castors

Optional extras

  • Back rest
  • Fixed lap belt
  • Trunk harness
  • Height locking bracket
  • Removable tilt handle
  • Standard soft castors
  • Locking when loaded castors
  • Locking when unloaded castors
  • Glides

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Executive Bambach

Order code: EXE

The Executive Bambach is the largest of the Bambach family. Suitable for either a larger framed user or for a younger child who requires a greater sitting surface, the Bambach Executive ensures that the users are sitting comfortably in a healthy upright posture but are also safe and secure and fully supported.

Key features

  • The largest of the Bambach seats
  • The greater seat area provides postural support for the larger user
  • Ensures a healthy posture in school, home or work environment
  • Easy clean vinyl covering in a choice of colours
  • Available with an adjustable height stem or gas lift options
  • Manually adjusted tilt mechanism (-5° - +15°)
  • Black Swedish aluminium star base (558mm footprint)
  • Locking castors

Optional extras

  • Back rest
  • Fixed lap belt
  • Trunk harness
  • Height locking bracket
  • Removable tilt handle
  • Standard soft castors
  • Locking when loaded castors
  • Locking when unloaded castors
  • Glides

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Adjustable height footplate

Order code: AFP

There are often situations when a child will be required to use a stool or sit at a higher work surface. This may be in the home to sit at the dining table for family meals, or in the school environment when participating in lessons such as science, design technology etc., using work benches. For this reason, Bambach have developed an adjustable height footplate. The footplate is fully adjustable in height and can also be rotated 180 degrees to the rear when not required and the seat used as normal. The adjustable height footplate comes with an oversized star base to ensure stability of the seat when using the footplate.

Key features

  • Can be fitted to Bambino, Standard and Cutaway seats with gas lift stems (FGL1-4)
  • Larger 5 star base for greater stability (700mm footprint)
  • Textured non-slip top surface
  • Graduated guide for ease of re-positioning
  • Can be rotated 180 degrees when not needed
  • All locking castors

LEFT: This image shows the graduated guide located at rear of the gas lift.

RIGHT: The footplate in store mode – Rotated to the rear allowing the user to have their feet on the floor.

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Fixed height footplate

Order code: FP (single), FT (twin)

Fixed footplates can be fitted to the star base when a child has a slight issue with seat height. These can be built up depending upon the individual needs of the child. A single footplate can also be fitted and is particularly beneficial for users with a leg length discrepancy. A single footplate can also be used to encourage active use of a weaker limb which is common in individuals with Hemiplegia. The base can also be rotated to ensure that the footplates are at the rear when not required.

Key features

  • Available for left foot, right foot or both feet
  • Strong 15mm Birch plywood construction
  • Textured non-slip top surface
  • Stylish footplate profile
  • Can be rotated to rear of seat when not needed
  • The height profile can be raised by fitting additional rests
  • Glides

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Bambach parts and upgrades

Spare parts are available for all Bambachs.
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Free paediatric stem upgrade

The Bambach saddle seat is a therapeutic seat for life! As well as featuring an adjustable
hydraulic stem, every Bambach purchase includes a FREE stem upgrade! This ensures that as
the child grows and develops they will continue to enjoy the benefits provided by the Bambach.
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Cerebral Palsy case studies

George

9 years old
Cerebral Palsy

Seat specification:

Bambach Cutaway
Backrest
Height locking bracket
Lap belt

Bad posture
on conventional seating
Good posture
on the Bambach

 

George was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was a year old. The condition mainly affects the right half of his body and both legs.

 

George has spasticity in both lower limbs, particularly in his hip abductors and hip flexors, medial hamstrings and calf muscles. This compromises George’s mobility and means that he walks with a flexed gait.

 

Before using a Bambach

On conventional seating, George’s symptoms meant that he was unable to sit in a symmetrical posture and tended to lean to one side and slouch. This meant that George found certain school tasks difficult and would often use a raised board on his desk.

 

George required an easy, effective, comfortable and acceptable seating solution to achieve better hip and pelvic positioning, with his affected muscles in a more lengthened position than on conventional chairs.

 

The Bambach was recommended to George’s parents by his Physiotherapist.

 

Since using his Bambach

George has now been using his Bambach for three years. He uses one at school where he is able to use the seat all day. He also uses a Bambach at home.

 

The Bambach prevents George from slouching when sitting and allows him to sit in a much improved symmetrical posture. By providing a stable and symmetrical pelvic and trunk position, the Bambach gives George a solid base which has facilitated his upper limb function making school tasks a great deal easier.

 

The sitting position on the Bambach places George’s hips in an abducted and externally rotated position and knees in a mid-range position. This places a passive stretch on the tight muscle groups which will help maintain muscle length, reducing the risk of medical/surgical interventions as he grows.

Laurel

17 years old
Cerebral palsy, spinal scoliosis and autism

Seat specification:

Bambach Executive
Backrest

 

Laurel suffers with cerebral palsy, has a spinal scoliosis and is also autistic. She is currently at college studying ‘Skills for life’ and also spends one day a week on a work placement.

 

Laurel can walk independently for short distances but mobilizes with a flexed gait due to tightness in her hip flexors. She relies on her wheelchair for mobility in situations which would need her to walk longer distances.

 

Laurel’s spinal deformity means that she often suffers with considerable back pain and finds standing for long periods particularly painful.

 

Before using a Bambach

Laurel had tried other specialist seating but had found them difficult to tolerate due to her decreased sitting balance and back pain.

 

Her Occupational Therapist recommended the Bambach as she was aware that Laurel had been horse-riding for several years which had been very successful in improving balance, coordination and core stability.


The aim of using a Bambach was to improve sitting balance and allow a more symmetrical sitting posture with the hope of addressing her scoliosis and reducing back pain.

 

Since using her Bambach

Laurel has now been using her Bambach at home for over two years. She mainly uses it at the computer which she uses for her studies and leisure activities.


With the pelvis and trunk supported on the Bambach, Laurel is able to maintain a healthy, upright sitting posture when working at the computer. This is crucial in ensuring that her spinal deformity does not progress which could possibly result in surgical intervention.


The sitting position on the Bambach also places the hips flexor muscles in a lengthened position compared with conventional seating which will hopefully help maintain muscle length which will assist Laurel’s mobility.


Laurel uses an executive saddle as it gave her a wider base of support and she found it the most comfortable of the Bambach range.


Since using the Bambach, Laurel’s family have also seen a marked improvement in terms of her back pain.

Jack

5 years old
Cerebral Palsy with Spastic Diplegia

Seat specification:

Bambach Bambino
Backrest
Lap belt

 

Jack’s condition mainly affects Jack’s lower limbs. This has led to muscle weakness and increased muscle tone in both legs, in particular the hip adductors, hip flexors, hamstrings and calf muscles. Jack is able to walk independently but his gait is affected by muscle tightness in his legs, in particular his hip adductors.

 

Before using a Bambach

His symptoms had previously compromised his sitting posture on conventional seating. His parents and therapists found that all Jack’s efforts were needed to maintain his balance which meant his upper limb function was affected. This compromised his ability to participate in activities both at school and at home.

 

Jack would also often complain of back ache and neck pain following sitting for long periods.

 

Jack’s physiotherapist wanted to provide Jack with a functional seat that facilitated good posture allowing him to take a full part in school and home life.

 

Since using his Bambach

Jack has since been using his Bambach for two and a half years and now actually has two seats. He uses one at home for eating, homework and arts and crafts. The other is used for desk work in school.

 

By providing a stable and symmetrical pelvis and trunk position, the Bambach allows Jack to maintain a healthy upright posture. This has improved his upper limb function and ensured that Jack can put all his attention into the task at hand.

 

On his Bambach, Jack is able to sit still for long periods whereas other seating would require him to keep shifting in order to balance. This has helped improve Jack’s concentration levels in school.

 

The saddle sitting position also ensures that the tight hip adductor muscles are placed on a stretch which helps maintain muscle length and reduce the risk of future complications.

Maisie

4 years old
Cerebral Palsy with a right sided hemiplegia.
Maisie also has epilepsy

Seat specification:

Bambach Bambino
Adjustable height footplate
Backrest
Lap belt

Bad posture
on conventional seating
Good posture
on the Bambach

 

Maisie’s condition has lead to a significant weakness on the right side of her body. Her right leg and foot are very weak which limits Maisie’s mobility and there is also a significant weakness of her right arm and hand although to a lesser degree than the lower limb.


Maisie has increased muscle tone in her right leg with particularly tight hip adductors and hamstrings. Without regular stretching and lengthening this will progressively worsen, affecting mobility and function.

 

Before using a Bambach

Maisie had difficulty in maintaining a healthy posture on conventional seating. The lack of pelvic support inevitably leads to Maisie falling into a passive slouched posture, often over to her weaker right side.

 

This slumped posture meant that she had difficulty with eating and also schoolwork and arts and crafts.

 

Maisie’s Physiotherapist wanted to provide Maisie with a seat that not only facilitated good sitting posture, but also enabled her to access higher work surfaces which would allow her to participate in family dining table activities.

 

Since using her Bambach

Maisie has now been using her Bambach seat for approximately two years. The adjustable height footplate means that Maisie can sit with her feet flat on a solid surface, ensuring good sitting posture at the dining table.


Maisie uses her Bambach during mealtimes and also for creative activities such as painting and drawing which she very much enjoys. The stable, symmetrical pelvic position achieved with the Bambach means that Maisie’s trunk is supported and she can actively maintain an upright, healthy spinal posture.


Equal weight through both legs with the joints maintained in a mid-range position helps address the abnormal muscle tone and maintain muscle length and joint range of motion.


Continued use of the Bambach will also reduce the risk of future issues synonymous with poor posture such as scoliosis.

 

Improved spinal posture has also facilitated Maisie’s upper limb function as she no longer needs to support herself on her right side. This ensures that both hands are free for activities, which has helped in significantly improving her handwriting skills.

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