Why You Should be Using 45 Degree Tilt in Space

By Martina Tierney OT · July 26, 2017 ·

Tilt In Space


"If a person needs assistance with maintaining an upright position, what sitting angle should they be in?"

"If a person is at risk of pressure injuries, what degree of tilt should we use?" 


We're often asked about the best degree of tilt to use for different patients. At Seating Matters, we look to the evidence and to research to inform our decision making and to influence the design of our chairs.  

We continually conduct our own research and keep abreast of the latest research available within the clinical and academic world to incorporate into the design of our products.

We take evidence based practice very seriously. 

That's why we have developed 45 Degree Tilt on our Phoenix and Sorrento chairs.

Evidence shows that the optimum angle for an effective weight shift and therefore pressure management is between 30° and 45°. In this video Martin Tierney explains the importance of 45 Degree Tilt in managing pressure in seating. 

To find out more about the research and references mentioned in this video, request your free copy of The Clinician's Seating Handbook. 


When could I be using 45 Degree Tilt for my patients?

  • When they are immobile.
  • For patients who have an exisiting pressure ulcer/pressure injury.
  • For patients at high risk of developing a pressure ulcer/pressure injury.

The 45 Degree Tilt option is available on Sorrento and Phoenix chairs and is already having a significant impact on the treatment of pressure injuries around the world. 

If you'd like to learn more about 45 Degree Tilt, get in touch: contact@seatingmatters.com



To help clinicians record angles and to ensure compliance with angles required for specific patients, we have developed Angle Finder Kits for the Seating Matters chairs.


Seating Matters are the only specialist therapeutic seating to offer 45° tilt as an option on our chairs, which research has proven to be the optimum angle to offload pressure from bony prominences of the body.

Free Copy of The Clinician's Seating Handbook by Martina Tierney OT



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