3 Backrest Options to Enhance the Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchair Experience

3 Backrest Options to Enhance the Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchair Experience

In previous blog posts including “Room for Adjustment in Ultralight Manual Wheelchairs” and “Moving Forward with Center of Gravity” we have reviewed a number of important factors that go into the selection, configuration, and proper set-up of an ultra lightweight manual wheelchair frame. The wheelchair frame and components are just a few of the pieces that go into choosing the best overall system for a user. It is equally important to choose a wheelchair cushion and back that meets the individual user’s needs.

Did you know there are a number of backrest options that are specifically designed to enhance a user’s efficiency, health, and overall experience while utilizing an ultra lightweight manual wheelchair? Let’s take a few moments and review three of the options you can find as a part of the Sunrise Medical product lines.

Freestyle Backrest System

Freestyle Backrest System

In addition to looking sleek, this backrest system was specifically designed to break barriers of independence by providing a 360° range of upper body motion and reducing the overall weight of the entire wheelchair system. The Freestyle Backrest System is available on Quickie’s premium ultra lightweight manual wheelchair, the 7R.

Mounting Hardware

Backrest mounting hardware impacts a variety of important areas to take into consideration when selecting an ultra lightweight manual wheelchair system, including portability and the overall weight of the wheelchair. Earlier this month Sunrise Medical launched the RH and RHF Hardware. This hardware is specifically optimized for ultra lightweight manual wheelchairs with a 25% reduction in weight as compared to the standard hardware.

Carbon Fiber Jay J3 Backrest

J3 Carbon Fiber Backrest

Another way to decrease the overall weight of an ultra lightweight wheelchair system is to utilize carbon fiber components such as the J3 Carbon Fiber Backrest. The J3 Lower Thoracic and Upper Thoracic PA backrests are now available in Carbon Fiber from 16-20” wide.

Understanding the design, materials utilized, and hardware of a backrest will assist you with selecting the optimal backrest to complement the overall ultra lightweight manual wheelchair system for your client or yourself.

Thank you for reading our blog! We love hearing from you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We encourage you to leave a comment or send us an email.

Always remember at the end of the day, your client is your number one priority!
- Angie

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Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users. Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.


Posted by: Date: 11/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
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