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Arch (x3)* / 2. Left frontal strap / 6. Right frontal strap / 5. Extender 2 . Metal tube / 18. Rubber spacer / 15.STANDARD KIT and MINI KIT CONTENTS BAG 1: HARNESS 1. and a small frontal strap for narrow forheads BAG 2: ADAPTORS 10. Asymmetric wedge (x2) / 14. Sponge padding 7. Modifier of angles / 17. Adaptor B 13. Scaled rubber strap / 3. Adaptor C 16. Occipital mesh (1+replacement) / 8. Adaptor A / 12. Replacement sponge * The Headpod Kit Mini contains two arches of smaller size instead of three bigger arches. Suspension arm / 11. Orange pieces 4.
If it is an adult size head use the hole in the form of "eight" L. unless the head is large (L) or extremely small (S). STEP 2. as shown in the ﬁgure. and if it is extremely small use S. It is important to insert the two protuberances of the orange piece in a single oriﬁce in the form or "eight" situated in the frontal strap. in the matching right orange piece (3) of the selected arch (1).Adjust Headpod® before first use Please follow the steps carefully.2 inch) on both sides of the head. use the hole M.5 cm gap (0. The sponge (6) is attached to this by means of a Velcro tape. if that of a child use M. Place the right frontal strap (4) in the arch Attach the right frontal strap (4). Select the Arch (1) Open the Bag1 and choose between the archs provided the smallest that can be put on the head without rubbing on the sides. 3 . To ensure that it is properly seated. To ensure that the left strap is properly seated ensure that all the pieces have the letter L facing you. STEP 3. pay attention that all the pieces have the letter R facing you. STEP 1. We recommend leaving a 0. As a guide. Place the left frontal strap (5) in the arch Now turn the arch through 180 degrees and place the left frontal strap (5) on the left side of the arch. marked with an R.
if the head is of an adult use the third row of paired holes. Given the wide range of chairs on the market. As a guide. Below we describe how each one of them works so you can pick the one that best suits your chair.STEP 4. Be sure that the word BACK is facing the back as shown. If the head is of a child. we provide three different adaptors (11.15). Place the occipital mesh (7) Assemble the occipital mesh on boht sides of the arch. use the same two orange protuding parts where the frontal straps are already attached. Install the adaptor Open the Bag 2. 4 . To verify that your Headpod is mounted correctly. For this. and if the head is extremely small use the sixth or the seventh row. use the fourth row.12. orient the device as shown in the ﬁgure below and compare the position of the pieces to see if it is correct. STEP 5.
try using the B-side (side B 20º) forwards. to extend the life of the Velcro strap. remove the upper part of the upholstery. we recommend attaching it firmly and directly in contact with the hard surface of the back of the chair. 14 5 . ADAPTOR B: for chairs with a rigid back Use this adaptor (12) if your chair does not have headrest but a rigid backing. because the back of the chair is a thin metal plate. 10º inclination backward). Firmly tighten the straps upward before adhering to the Velcro so that the upper surface of the adaptor remains horizontal and stable when in use. It has two asymmetric wedges (13) for a tight fit on the back. Place the back of the chair in a nearly vertical position (approx. and not over its external surface. Usually put in the forwards position the face A (Side A 10º) of the adaptor. We recommend leaving the headrest adaptor permanently in place. and use the two thick sides of the wedges adding thereafter the rubber spacer provided (14). To avoid a lateral slippage of the adaptor.ADAPTOR A: for wheelchairs with headrest If the seat has a headrest use this adaptor (11) as shown in the ﬁgure. If the seat is reclined backward more than 10 degrees the suspension arm will be tilted upward instead of horizontally. To avoid this. If they prove to be insufficient.
ADAPTOR C: universal This adaptor (15) has been designed to be used when none of the previous adaptors can be ﬁrmly ﬁxed. The supplied metal tube (17) has a shape and lenght that may not coincide with your wheelchair needs. Whatever the chosen adaptor is. IMPORTANT: 1. so that the suspension arm REACHES THE FRONT OF THE HEAD as shown. A square metallic tube 15 x 15 mm. The adaptor should be approximately the height of the upper edge of the user’s head. Select one of the two positional options of the adaptor to be inserted on the tube. 6 . it ought to be located as close to the back of the head as possible. should be previously installed in the chair as close as possible to the rear edge of the back or headrest and protruding between 25 and 30 mm above. Ask your orthopedic technician or assistive tech provider about installing this piece (not included in the price of Headpod). 2. The adaptor must be FIRMLY SECURED so it does not rotate the suspension arm whilst being used.
Place the suspension arm The correct position of the suspension arm is more or less horizontal. that is to say when you are using any of the last three steps of the scaled rubber strap. Use the extender (18) only in cases where the suspension arm is too close to the top of the head.STEP 6. 7 . insert the angle modiﬁer (16) in the adaptor to improve the horizontality. If it is displaced upwards.
hang the scaled rubber strap on the suspension arm at a height that keeps the head in a vertical position. the correct position of the head can be achieved. 8 . as indicated in the illustration by the vertical arrow. 3 Be sure the arch is parallel to the user’s forehead. 2 Move the occipital mesh downward as close to the ears as possible without going on top of them. By doing so. To avoid this. 4 Re-tighten the Velcro strap if loose. STAND IN FRONT OF THE USER and follow these steps: 1 Close the Velcro across the forehead. The head should not lean forward (hyper ﬂexion) or backward (hyper extension). hold the chin again and move the scaled rubber strap up another rung. and vice versa. If the head falls to either side (lateral ﬂexion).Daily use of Headpod® The steps above are only required before first use. move the scaled rubber strap along the suspension arm as indicated in the illustration by the horizontal arrow to achieve the desired position of the head. 5 While holding the chin with one hand. For daily Headpod® use. Using the front part of the suspension arm the user will have a better ability to look down.
as shown in dashed line A. It is nor recommended for use in children or adults with a great deal of extensor tone. the orange pieces (3) of the arch are about one centimeter (1/2 inch) in front of both ears. 9 . This happens for example in some types of cerebral palsy and any illness or syndrome causing hypotonia in the neck muscles. If not. the result of Headpod® depends on several factors. scoliosis or severe contractures of the neck muscles.Important: Verify that after having positioned the Headpod. select another row of paired holes on both sides of the occipital mesh (7) to acquire this position. the success rate decreases by the greater weight of the head and deformities or abnormalities in the position to be developed over time. No known side effects have been detected from the use of Headpod®. Being a dynamic system. tendency to hyper extension of the neck or trunk. and that is why in children over 12 years. It is not indicated for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) owing to the severe dysphagia that usually present. or those presenting musculoskeletal deformities such as cyphosis. and especially adults. Finally. In these cases we recommend the patient to be evaluated previously by a professional therapist trained in the use of Headpod®. make sure the sponge has been centered on the forehead. modify the position of the left frontal strap selecting a hole in the form of an "eight" different from that previously used. For whom is Headpod® indicated Headpod® is the best solution for children between 2 and 12 years unable to sustain the weight of their own head owing to weak neck muscles (low muscle tone). Otherwise.
I Not recommended for daily use in excess of 6-8 hours. Reduce the time of use if red marks from wear do not disappear an hour after use. especially if the user is a person who is unable to communicate verbally. do not leave the user unattended. I Some people. If hyper extension persists place a small cushion behind the head to avoid neck extension. I Always use a harness to hold the torso properly upright. 10 . and move the scaled rubber strap along the suspension arm. Avoid stress situations that may make the user nervous. 10º inclination backward). except in children with severe hypotonia. we recommend collecting it in a “bun” and situating the occipital mesh below it. I Because the Headpod® can move if incorrectly ﬁtted. In these cases. especially users with dermatitis.Recommendations for use I To prevent hyper extension of the neck place the back in a nearly vertical position (approx. I If the user has long hair. who clearly beneﬁt from extended utilization. may have increased sensitivity to pressure by the device on the forehead. I The user may initially show resistance to the new head position since they may be accustomed to poor posture. I Does the head harness slip upward?: visit the section “Real Cases / Challenging cases” in our website www. computer activities or transportation. I In adults: we recommend reclining the chair back a little bit. I Start out by using Headpod® during meals and during rest periods when there are only few people around.headpod. Use when ever possible a four point clamping harness.com to ﬁnd a solution. several days of adaptation may be needed. and to use Headpod® for limited periods of 30-60 minutes like mealtime.
Remember to save the invoice with the date of purchase in order to use the warranty.Maintenance Keep Headpod® in a clean and dry place. Warranty Headpod® has a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase for defects in materials or manufacturing. and reserves the right to change its speciﬁcations without prior notice. www. Rubber parts and plastic can be washed with warm water and soap. The warranty does not. Sponge padding should not be moistened. video demonstrations and extensive product information. is not liable of the errors or omissions that could be included in this manual. Siesta Systems S. Do not expose to temperatures above 50 ºC or expose to sunlight for prolonged periods of time (behind glass or exposed directly).com We recommend you to visit our website where you can ﬁnd useful tips. cover improper use or natural wear and tear. Gently wash the surface that comes into contact with the skin. This device has a limited lifespan and must be replaced with original parts when it shows signs of evident deterioration. 11 . in any case.headpod.A.
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