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If you are a wheelchair user, there are a lot of things to consider regarding your health.

Not only has your physical health changed, but likely your mental health has, as well. You may wonder, “How do I choose the wheelchair that is best for me?” You may also be concerned about things like, “How do I prevent pressure ulcers?” Or you may wonder, “Which cushions and backrests give me the best support?”

Read these articles for great information on staying healthy in a wheelchair with topics like:

  • Staying active, exercising, and reducing stress
  • Avoiding complications such as back problems and pressure ulcers
  • Making sure your wheelchair fit is optimal
  • Knowing what questions to ask at your doctor’s appointments

You will find out tips like:

  • One of the best ways to choose a wheelchair is to to try it “in motion.”
  • Wheelchair rain covers can help keep both you and your chair protected from the rain.
  • You can get wheelchair backs that are tension adjustable, to help maintain the right amount of support.
  • There are five areas to consider when choosing a wheelchair tyre: Measurements, Type, Maintenance, Task, Environment.

¡Happy reading!

 

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Facilitating safe transfers with a Birdie hoist

The Invacare BirdieEvo hoist is what is commonly known as a full-body hoist.  This means that it is used for lifting the person up in a sling without weight bearing with the objective being to move the person from A – B. The need for a BirdieEvo-hoist is when the user becomes unable to safely […]

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walking aids

What is the right walking aid for you?

Walking aids can provide support for a range of physical problems to increase safety, independence and confidence.  Understanding the different types of walking aids will help you to make the right choice for you. Walking sticks Walking sticks offer the simplest level of support and can be very effective if measured and used properly.  The […]

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Rear wheel and Tyre Selection for Optimal Manual Wheelchair Performance

What do you need to know to make an informed decision on wheelchair tyres and rims? Manual wheelchair frames are designed differently for a variety of functions; including everyday use, recreational and competitive sports activities. An important part of the wheelchair assessment and prescription process is choosing the best wheelchair rims and tyres to compliment […]

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Folding electric wheelchair

Benefits of a folding electric wheelchair

Electric wheelchairs particularly the folding electric wheelchair has a significant role in not just increasing the independence of wheelchair users, but increasing their options with regards travel and overall flexibility. Chronic illness and old age can affect upper limb strength and the fitness to be able to use self-propelling wheelchairs.  This can have a negative […]

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How a spinal cord injury can affect your breathing

Damage to your spinal cord may cause a loss or decrease of control over different body parts. As breathing is controlled by muscle action you may experience difficulty in respiring. Being unable to inhale and exhale completely, and losing the capacity to cough can lead to the development of infections in the lungs and even […]

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SCI-related Skin

SCI-related Skin terms to know

You might have come across some SCI terms but have no idea what they mean. Read on for some SCI skin-related terms. Pressure Injury You may have come across terms such as pressure ulcer, bedsore, decubitus ulcer and pressure sore. All of these are alternative names for pressure injury. A pressure injury is a damage […]

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SCI-related seating terms to know

Are you familiar with SCI-related terms? Here are some seating terms you should be acquainted with. Since your spinal cord injury, you probably would have come across several related technical terms. Some of these terms are used to describe seating or wheelchair seating components. While you have a full grasp of some, others are somewhat […]

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