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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If your seat has a backrest, just undo the knob at it's base and pull it out. Get the original box out
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Change a seat. Change a life.

 

Children who display very poor posture and sitting balance on conventional seating or other special needs equipment will often find a Bambach considerably more supportive, and will assume healthier sitting postures. As well as being a highly effective means of increasing independence, optimizing quality of life and preventing the onset of further complications, continued use of the Bambach will act as a therapy and will improve trunk control, sitting balance, and both lower and upper limb function.

 

The Bambach Saddle Seat is used by Health Professionals worldwide as a therapeutic tool to manage and improve the lives of children as young as 2 years old, all the way through to adult, with numerous conditions including:

 

 

 

The Bambach Saddle Seat really can radically improve the lives of children with Cerebral Palsy

It sounds like a grand claim. Too grand to be true perhaps. But no: today, there’s a huge amount of scientific and medical evidence which shows conclusively that the choice of seating for children with cerebral palsy can make a real difference to quality of life. Something as simple and as basic as a seat can not only increase independence and functional control, but help prevent the development of further complications, too. Here, we’re going to look briefly at some of the reasons why this is the case, and show you some examples of how Bambach special needs seating for children with cerebral palsy can make a massive difference to a child suffering with this condition. The subject breaks down into the following areas:

 

The basic problem with traditional CP seating
The Bambach Saddle Seat for children with Cerebral Palsy
How the Bambach Saddle Seat works
The benefits of the Bambach Saddle Seat
Examples of the bambach in use
Bambach Saddle Seat options

The basic problem

Put simply, it’s bad posture. Medical evidence has shown that sitting on a conventional (flat) seat for long periods leads to very bad consequences for the body, as it forces the spine into the ‘wrong’ shape. This is true for all of us, but it’s even more true for those with additional needs or neurological disorders. Yet research has shown that school children typically spend about 80% of their time in a static sitting position.

 

Here are a few of the negative effects of prolonged sitting in conventional seating and conventional treatment of Cerebral Palsy children:

 

  • Increased fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Restlessness and behavioural problems
  • Decreased social interaction
  • Increased lumbar intra-discal pressure
  • Increased tension on the neck, shoulder and back muscles
  • Decreased lung capacity restricting breathing
  • Decreased circulation
Kids with special needs
A typical reaction to conventional seating. Sitting in a wheelchair or chair would make the child go into spasm and lose control of their balance.
The usual solution not only alienates a child from their peers, it is not ideal for activities and solves none of the problems caused by poor posture.

The solution

Experts are agreed that the choice of chair for a child with cerebral palsy can deliver huge benefits. It’s not a magic wand, or a cure-all. But it CAN help very significantly. By choosing seating that is designed to provide proper postural support for children with cerebral palsy, you can bring new levels of freedom and comfort to the sufferer, as well as help prevent the deterioration of the condition and the onset of associated complications.

The Bambach Saddle Seat for children with Cerebral Palsy

Health professional and experts from around the world have testified to the power of the Bambach. Our special needs seating is widely used to improve the posture and mobility of children and young people with Cerebral Palsy, bringing them a new level of quality of life. The difference it can make really does need to be seen to be believed, which is why we offer a free no obligation assessment and 14 day trial at school or at home.

"The Bambach is a great tool for improving the sitting posture of children with postural issues, regardless of age or underlying condition"

The Bambach Saddle Seat for children with Cerebral Palsy

Conventional seating requires the hips to be flexed at a 90° angle which leads to the pelvis rotating backwards and a flattening of the lumbar spine. This forces the spine into a ‘collapsed’ or ‘C’ shaped posture, which leads to many medically acknowledged problems.

 

As the name suggests though, the Bambach Saddle Seat cleverly replicates and enhances the horse riding position, which maintains the spine in its natural ‘S’ shape (its shape in the standing position). This ensures that the postural control muscles are active and work in a balanced manner. Much research has shown that this sitting position has many advantages compared with that of conventional flat seating.

 

There is now a huge body of evidence to show that using properly designed mobility seating for children with special needs, such as the Bambach, not only reduces the risk of musculoskeletal problems common to individuals with neurological symptoms and decreased postural awareness, but can also have dramatic effects on function, independence and quality of life.

Special needs seat
A plain seat, roller, or straddle, can't stabilise the pelvis. If the pelvis is unsupported, resulting posture will be bad.
The Bambach's unique and patented contour tilts the pelvis forward and stabilises it, assisting in maintaining normal spinal curves.

The benefits of sitting in a Bambach Saddle Seat

Therapists regularly comment on the dramatic therapeutic benefits of using the Bambach Saddle Seat for children with special needs. Some of the more common benefits include:

 

  • Improved trunk and head control leading to an improvement in functional activities, such as swallowing and speech
  • Stimulation of normal growth of bone and soft tissue, because dynamic sitting encourages muscle activity
  • Improved lung and internal organ function, and better circulation, through maximised thoracic, abdominal and pelvic spaces
  • Maintaining muscle length and joint range of movement by keeping the limbs in a mid-range position
  • Easier social interaction because the upper body is stable and free to move in an upright posture
  • Better balance and symmetry because of a clear midline
  • An improved position for the arms and shoulders leads to an easier and more efficient position for activities such as schoolwork and hobbies
  • Self care activities, such as meals, washing and dressing are also more easily performed
"The Bambach helps improve social interaction, self confidence and self esteem"
"The Bambach allows improved access to the curriculum which enhances a child’s learning and development"
"Correct use of a Bambach Saddle Seat can in the long term help prevent spinal deformity and hip dysplasia which often require surgical intervention"

Examples

...of how Bambach supportive seating for children with special needs has changed lives.

 

There are many case studies which demonstrate just how effective a Bambach Saddle Seat can be for children with cerebral palsy. Here just four examples.

 

Boy with Cerebral Palsy
Child with Cerebral Palsy

George

With spasticity in both lower limbs, 9 year old George’s mobility is heavily compromised. After using a Bambach for three years, George now finds many school tasks much easier.

 

Read George’s case study

Kid with Cerebral Palsy
Boy with special needs

Jack

5 year old Jack suffers from cerebral palsy with spastic diplegia. After using Bambach adaptive seating for cerebral palsy for two and a half years now, Jack’s upper limb function has improved considerably, allowing him to concentrate better and work more efficiently.

 

Read Jack’s case study

Help with Cerebral Palsy
Help for Cerebral Palsy

Laurel

Laurel suffers with cerebral palsy, has a spinal scoliosis and is also autistic. Since using the Bambach, Laurel’s family have also seen a marked improvement in terms of her back pain, and there has been no progression of her spinal deformity.

 

Read Laurel’s case study

Girl with Cerebral Palsy
Girl with CP

Maisie

4 year old Maisie has cerebral palsy with a right sided hemiplegia. She also has epilepsy. She has been using a Bambach for two years, and now has greatly improved upper limb function as
she no longer needs to support herself on her right side.

 

Read Maisie’s case study

Bambach options

Bambach supportive seating for children with cerebral palsy is an extremely flexible product. With many optional extras, it can be precisely tailored to the needs of almost any child or young person.

 

  • 3 seat sizes
  • 5 adjustable height ranges
  • Free stem upgrade so user cannot outgrow seat
  • 10 colour options
  • Natural wool covering option
  • Adjustable pelvic supports *
  • Thoracic supports - width and height adjustable *
  • Pelvic strap *
  • Height and angle adjustable back rest *
  • Adjustable foot rest *
  • Easily positionable base with foot operated locking castors *
  • FREE 14-day trial on most seats

 

* available in early 2015

A full account of how sitting in an incorrect position leads to poor posture can be found in our brochure ‘Change a Seat. Change a life’. Click the image to dowload the pdf.

 

Call Bambach free on 0800 581108 for a no obligation chat or to arrange a free assessment, demonstration, and 14 day trial.
Change a seat. Change a life.

 

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