Supacush - Hi-Tech Pressure Relief Cushion
Professional Heavy Duty Quality
Manufactured in the UK to exacting ISO 9001:2008 standard
Unique and exclusive to Functional Products Ltd
SupaCush can be helpful with the following medical conditions
Other Anal disorders
General pressure relief .....from discomfort caused by prolonged sitting on less than ideal seats whether in the office, at sports stadia or travelling by public transport.
Indeed the directors of Functional Products Ltd decided to introduce the original SupaCush after suffering a particularly uncomfortable ten hour long haul flight to Goa!
The SupaCush is well suited for wheelchair and mobility scooter use, particularly with its large rectangular shape. It measures approximately 47cm x 45cm.
This new improved version of the SupaCush is now made of a material and manufacturing quality that should be suitable for someone requiring a cushion for full-time wheelchair use.
Should I have an Pneumatic or Memory Foam Cushion?
If you are to believe the advertisers of memory foam pressure relief cushions, you might feel that they have the advantage over a pneumatic cushion like the SupaCush. However, the facts contradict this. These are the four main reasons to purchase and use a pneumatic design rather than one made of memory foam.
Firstly and importantly
The extra comfort obtained with air-filled products is because air reacts differently to pressure than a fixed material such as foam. Pressure put on a specific place on a pneumatic cushion will give a counter-pressure on other areas, specifically where the pressure is the lowest. The end result will be that the pressure on each point is equal. This is the so-called push-aside effect. It does not occur with non-gaseous 'solid' materials such as foam.
In other words, independent of length, weight or position of the person, the SupaCush cushion will always adjust itself continuously giving those areas of the body which apply the most pressure the opportunity to do so without discomfort, but at the same time supporting those parts of the body applying less pressure.
The SupaCush will keep the sitter considerably cooler than one made of memory foam, particularly as the additional cooling slots also assist ventilation.
Unlike a memory foam cushion, the hardness or softness of the SupaCush can, of course, be adjusted to your personal preference by the level of inflation. Generally, this level of inflation need not exceed 75% of the possible maximum ... as in reality, it will be found for seating and pain relief purposes a partial and lower level of inflation will provide the most comfort.
Being air-filled, the SupaCush is both lightweight and easy to carry and store. Unlike a memory foam cushion, it folds away to virtually nothing… making it particularly suited for travel use.
The main feature is the unusually long central aperture. This has sufficient length to allow for comforting pressure relief over an extended area.
You will note that there are also four other vents. Not only do these enable air circulation to reduce overheating as previously mentioned, but they also allow the cushion to easily adapt to any seat curvature. The rectangular multi tube design also helps provide stability together with padded comfort.
You will also see that the front and back edges are sculpted with shaped inflated rolls to maximise comfort where it contacts the thighs
What really makes the SupaCush different though is that its design also allows it to be used for other useful applications (see below). This makes it so much more functional and versatile than the conventional pressure relief designs with a circular hole, commonly known as ‘donuts’, that have been around since Victorian times.
A Wide Range of Other Uses
Apart from pressure relief for medical and travel purposes, the design of the SupaCush gives it other uses. Here are some examples, all of which work with partial levels of inflation…
Massage Face Support.
When lying on your front to have a massage, avoid the discomfort of having your head turned fully to the side. With the central slot positioned vertically (i.e from forehead to chin), turn the two outer rolls underneath and your face will be fully supported and comfortable and you will be able to breathe easily.
Using the pillow with the slots positioned horizontally, turn the lower roll up behind to give a wedge shape and position where it is most comfortable in the small of the back.
Use it with one/both the top and bottom rolls turned behind and with the central slot positioned horizontally. This allows the head to turn either way without letting the pillow slip out of position
It really is the most versatile of cushions.
All Important Material Specification
The SupaCush is NOT made of the low-cost flock ('suede') covered extruded PVC film that is used for many air-filled products. This material is not suitable for hard-wearing applications.
The base material used for the SupaCush is not an extruded film but an extremely strong woven aliphatic polyamide fabric. This has a Polyurethane coating for durability (Polyurethane is a material often used in moulded form for shoe soles so you can imagine how durable it is).
Our British SupaCush manufacturers supply medical pressure relief mattresses made of the identical material to the NHS and nursing homes. It is also typically used for life jackets, buoyancy aids and river buoys.
For full technical specification of this material used for the SupaCush, see the relevant image.