How to Improve the Comfort of Your Wheelchair

Here at Assurance Mobility, we strive to provide each of our clients with the upmost comfort following their investment in a brand-new wheelchair. With this said, there are certain conditions that can make the muscles incredibly sensitive to pain which means that additional tools may be necessary in order to improve the comfort of a chair and ensure that the user is able to relax. Read on as we go over five affordable tools that can be used…

  1. Cushioning

It is safe to say that humans were not made to sit down all day and that is why many wheelchair users are susceptible to pressure sores from discomfort. Luckily, there are many specialist cushions on the market made from materials like gel, memory foam and synthetics in order to provide users with a relaxing experience during each journey.

  1. Lumbar Support

The part of the lower back that curves inwards is known as the ‘lumbar region’ and it is essential that it is provided with regular support. After all, a wheelchair can make it difficult to sit upright all day. By using specialist cushions, it is possible to encourage the correct posture and ensure that wheelchair users who have the ability to sit upright are able to obtain continuous lumbar support.

  1. Hand Protection

Self-propelled wheelchairs are designed to be manoeuvred by the user and this action places a lot of pressure on the hands. In fact, some users will develop blisters or calluses in the process of using their wheelchair which can be incredibly uncomfortable. Investing in a pair of wheelchair gloves provides the grip necessary to maintain control without developing nasty injuries such as these.

  1. Foot Rests

Almost every wheelchair comes with footrests as this prevents the feet from dragging on the floor, however they are usually implemented in a less than satisfactory manner. As a result, it is recommended that users adjust the height of their footrest in order to find the position that feels the most comfortable. After all, this will aid posture and ensures that the hips remain slightly lower than the knees.

  1. Invest in Quality

Finally, it is important that wheelchair users take the time to find the most suitable product for their needs and invest in a quality wheelchair. After all, a cheap alternative is usually manufactured by those who do not pay attention to industry standard comfort and this will likely result in an incredibly uncomfortable experience for the customer.

A wheelchair is an incredibly versatile accessibility tool that can be adapted in order to suit the needs of the user appropriately. After all, motor-driven and self-propelled chairs are designed with different conditions in mind. With this said, it may be necessary to invest in cushions or blankets to aid the comfort of the user. To find out more information, get in contact with the best wheelchairs Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Assurance Mobility team today!