• 'Smart Back' = a back support which supports either the lower back or the middle back
  • 'Back' = a back support which supports the whole of a client's back (upper, middle, and lower back)
  • 'Sheet' = a complete support which supports the client's back, buttocks and upper legs

What is the difference between a standard Sheet and a Sheet with two-ball units?

A standard Sheet will be sufficient for most clients. A Sheet with two-ball units should be chosen when, for example, a lumbar curve is required in a seating shell and to save time in creating the compound curves at the seat/back junction. Sheets with two-ball units can be draped over asymmetrical casts with pelvic obliquity and other hip deformities.

What is the difference between a standard Back and a Back with two-ball units?

A standard Back will be sufficient for most clients. A Back with two-ball units should be chosen when, for example, a lumbar curve and hip flare (compound curve) will be required for a female client.

How do I decide which generation of Matrix to choose?

The 4th Generation, launched in September 2018, is an improvement over 3rd Generation Matrix as it is significantly stronger, and therefore in most cases does not require reinforcement / cladding. It also has lower prices than the previous generations.

The 3rd Generation was launched in January 2014. It's improvements over the 2nd Generation include:

  • Twice the load carrying capacity before bending (6 times up from 1st Generation) with less reinforcement needed
  • Lower cost
  • Flexible components throughout system (not just basic connectors)
  • Modular covering system, shear and pressure relief
  • With modular cover unparalleled access and vision of support surface
  • Modular cover allows customised shower supports possible for first time

The 2nd Generation was launched in 2002 (this is still available for purchase from us). It was developed to improve upon the original generation and it's improvements include:

  • Three times load carrying capacity before slip
  • Flexible components for in-seat dynamic movement
  • "Door" technique for spinal orthotic correction within the seating shell
  • Clamp rotation giving enhanced 3D shaping
  • Thin metal and carbon fibre reinforcement available

The 1st/Original Generation was launched in 1984, after a 3-year development programme (over 30 years ago) in the early eighties. It featured on Tomorrow's World, a British TV innovations program. It also won a prestigious Design Council award (in the UK) in the mid-eighties.

Comparison table

Dynamic, flexible components Cover options, surface modules allows immediate delivery options Corrective shape holding without reinforcement Preconfigured option Orthotic spinal correction Achievable delivery in one visit Easy to reshape (reinforced system) Training given
Moulded seat inserts
Matrix 1st generation+ / -
Lynx System (UK)
Matrix 2nd generation+ / -
Matrix 3rd Generation
Matrix 4th Generation