The Importance of Seating & Posture for Wheelchair Users

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The Importance of Seating & Posture for Wheelchair Users

Seating and posture are key for wheelchair users – something that’s often overlooked when choosing the right set up.

A wheelchair is not just a mode of transportation, but also an extension of a person’s body. A comfortable and supportive wheelchair seat can make all the difference in the world.

Why is seating and posture so important?

There are many reasons why seating and posture are important for people using wheelchairs. First and foremost, good posture helps prevent discomfort and pain. Prolonged periods of sitting in an uncomfortable position can lead to pressure sores, which can be both painful and difficult to treat. In addition, poor posture can lead to back and neck pain, which can be debilitating in its own right.

Furthermore, good posture can improve overall health and well-being. It can aid in breathing, digestion, and even help prevent muscle atrophy. When a person’s posture is aligned properly, their body functions more efficiently, allowing them to have more energy and less pain and discomfort.

Seating, posture and stability

And an often overlooked factor too is stability. A well-designed wheelchair that promotes good posture provides stability, helping them maintain balance and control. Proper seating and positioning can also help prevent falls and accidents, which can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

It’s also worth noting that seating and posture can have a significant impact on a person’s social and emotional well-being. Being comfortable and confident in one’s wheelchair can make it easier to participate in social activities and reducing fears about being mobile. 

Making the right choices

So, what can be done to ensure good seating and posture for people using wheelchairs? Well, it’s really important not only to work with a healthcare professional or rehabilitation specialist to assess your specific needs, but to use the information from those assessments to select the right products for your needs, from customised seating and positioning solutions to the actual wheelchair itself. 

Once you have the right fit for you, it’s really important to have regular check-ins and adjustments to the wheelchair and your seating to ensure your comfort and posture remain optimal over time. 

Additionally, it’s worth noting that your body will change and adapt over time, and as it does so you’ll need to adjust your equipment accordingly.

Partner with Chairman Solutions, a mobility specialist that really understands your needs, and develops bespoke wheelchair solutions to give you maximum comfort, confidence and mobility.

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