Fabric Shown: Oxford Lime Green 100% Polyester
Protac SenSit® High Back is a sensory-stimulating chair designed with a straight back which offers an alternative to the Protac Sensit, for those who are taller than 180 cm (5' 11") and for elderly people who have problems standing from a seated position. It provides the same sense of security, calm and comfort and increased levels of concentration among users as the Protac Sensit.
Adults, young people and the elderly suffering from mental and physical restlessness can benefit from the Protac® SenSit High Back. The chair is filled with Protac balls in the seat and back and in the special neck and side wings. These wings can be placed around the body as required, enveloping and calming the user.
It has countless applications, and is today found in care homes, hospices, hospitals, psychiatric departments, in ordinary homes, waiting rooms, sensory rooms and treatment and therapy rooms as well as in special schools and other schools.
The Protac SenSit® High back can be used:
The Protac Sensit High Back has the following features:
Unique Sensory Stimulation – Protac® Balls
It envelops and calms through the balls which, thanks to the deep touch pressure and constant contact to the body’s surface which they provide, activate the sense of touch and sense of body position and movement. The balls have been designed strategically into the seating solution, to maximise the user benefits. They are built into the lining of the product and the balls are held in individual ball bags.
The Sensit High Back was designed as an alternative to the Sensit. It has been designed with a higher seat to floor level and also a higher and more upright back. These features support the ease of rising to a standing position, which may be particularly important for some elderly people who have difficulty rising to a standing position. It also provides additional back and neck support and is recommended for people who are taller than 180 cm (5’ 11”).
The Protac balls are featured in the side wings, neck wings, back cushion and seat cushion. The neck cushion is granulated. They all move in response to the user’s body position and movement.
Both the side and neck wings can be placed over the user so they can feel the weight and pressure of the balls which will lead to a better sense of the body’s boundaries and body awareness, increasing sensory stimuli. These wing cushions can be adjusted for postural comfort. Alternatively, they can be positioned so that they are not on the person.
Removable / Reversible Seat Cushion
The seat cushion is removable and reversible. It has two seating options – the sensory Protac Balls on one side for sensory stimulation or it can be turned over to a high-grade foam seat.
The Sensit High Back comes with carrying handles for ease of movement.
Spare Covers for ease of washing
Covers are replaceable and washable. We would recommend the purchase of a second set so that they can be used when others are being washed. The balls in the side wings are washable.
Please ensure that you follow the recommended cleaning instructions in the user manual.
Protac Sensit Pouffe
In addition to the chair you have the option to purchase a pouffe footstool which can either complement the chair or be used separately as a footstool. The balls in the upper of the footstool stimulate the senses, whilst being very comfortable to sit on. In some schools it is used as a chair in the lower grades. We also have other footstools that are available.
To aid your initial evaluation of Protac Sensit High Back chair and the Protac Pouffe we have brought together a number of case studies that demonstrate the practical applications of these products that bring CALM and PEACE to users, from youngsters to the elderly.
Motor and mental restlessness
The Sensit High Back is usually for people who’s height exceeds 180 cm (5ft 11”) or users who may prefer a higher back for support.
Height: 100 cm (39.5”), diameter: 90 cm (36”), weight: approx. 18 kg (2st 12lbs).
The maximum user weight limit is 200 kg (15 stone 7 lbs).
The Sensit High Back, Sensit Pouffe and Sensit all come in a range of flame retardant, Oxford 100% polyester fabrics with a choice of 8 colours. Please note that some colours may have a lead time
Important note – the covers are all washable – please ensure you follow the cleaning instructions in the user manual.
Important note - For full details of the product maintenance please refer to your user manual.
All Protac products carry a two-year warranty.
Important Warranty notes:
Medical Equipment - Labelling
The products are labelled according to legislation regarding medical equipment Class 1.
Normally, we say that we can see, hear, feel, smell and taste. When our body and our brain work as they should, we talk about being in full command of our senses. However, we as human beings actually have more than the above five senses.
Our most important sense is the sense of touch in our skin which registers contact. In therapeutic terms, the sense of touch is referred to as the tactile sense. Touching the skin sends stimuli to the brain and gives us a sense of the body’s boundaries. The skin thus serves as a boundary which helps us to distinguish between what is ‘me’ and what is outside ‘me’. The sense of touch thus helps us to establish a sense of our own bodies and helps the brain to keep us up to date so that we can feel our bodies.
Changing pressure enhances body awareness
When the contact is uniform and lasting, the brain has a sort of ‘fade-out function’, which means that the contact ceases to be registered – the sensory impression simply fades. To maintain a sense of your body, the pressure has to vary. The balls in Protac’s products act on the skin by subjecting it to a light pressure distributed across numerous points, helping the brain to register the body to a far greater extent than through uniform contact because the balls move through slight changes in position. The skin is thus continuously stimulated in new ways and ‘updates’ the brain about the body and the surrounding environment.
Simple stimulation of the skin’s tactile sense can arouse the brain, but if there is any disorder in the brain’s reception, or in how it processes sensory stimuli, skin contact can be experienced as both painful and very stressful. Distributed pressure combined with the weight of the many balls in Protac’s products provides the body with a continual update on the body’s surface, which has a very calming effect while also stimulating one’s body sense.
Another important sense is the sense of body position and movement, which is also known as the proprioceptive sense. This sense has receptor organs in the joints and muscles which send messages to the brain and calm the nervous system. Intuitively, we often use our sense of movement to create calm. If you are feeling restless, it often helps to go for a walk. If you are feeling impatient, you may fidget on the chair or tap one of your feet – which are both everyday examples that we use our sense of movement to calm ourselves down. When the weight of the balls in Protac’s products offers resistance to the body’s joints and muscles, a message is sent to the nervous system, which the brain registers as movement. This is why the balls have a calming effect
All PROTAC® products have been developed from the theory of sensory integration. Originating in the USA it was developed by Dr A. Jean Ayres, the ground-breaking occupational therapist and psychologist based in the 1970’s.
The theory is based on how the brain processes sensory impressions and how the different sensory stimuli can be influenced through weight and pressure on the tactile sense (sense of touch) in the skin and the proprioceptive sense (sense of movement) in muscles and joints. The pressure, movement and weight of the balls used in the Protac SenSit, for example, stimulate these particular senses. The Sensit chairs were developed as an aid for individuals with functional impairments.
Sensory Integration is the neurological process that organises sensation from one’s own body and the environment. It enables everyday life. 1 For most people, sensory integration develops in the course of ordinary childhood activities.
For some people, sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. This is known as sensory processing disorder (SPD) or dysfunction in sensory integration (DSI).
DSI and SPD are both ways to describe the difficulty some people’s nervous systems have with taking in, integrating and making use of sensory information. This changes how the person then responds to changes in their own body, the environment and how they interact with it and others around them.
SPD can influence self-regulation, movement, learning and interaction with others. 1
SPD can also interfere with skills that support performance, such as engagement and attention, as well as skills that enable the learning of new motor skills. 2
Sensory Integration sorts, orders and eventually puts all the sensory inputs together into whole brain function. 3 What emerges from this process is increasingly complex behaviour, the adaptive response and occupational engagement.
Sensory Integration is a theory based on the concept that brain maturation is the process of the unfolding of genetic coding in conjunction with the interaction of the individual with the physical and social environment. As a result of experience, there are changes in the nervous system. 4
A Process of Typical Development
Ayres, believed that sensory integration is integral to the process of healthy development when the functions of the brain are whole and balanced, body movements are highly adaptive, learning is easy and good behaviour is a natural outcome. 3
1 Allen and Smith: 2011.
2 Jasmin: 2009 – Cosby: 2010.
3 Dr A. Jean Ayres: 1979.
4 Spitzer and Roley: 2001
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