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Axle Plates & Adjustments on Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

Axle Plates & Adjustments on Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

One of the most frustrating situations for a seating and mobility therapist is to see an active manual propeller reaching back for their rear wheel because the center of gravity setting is in the most rearward position. All ultra lightweight manual wheelchairs allow for center of gravity adjustments. This is accomplished by moving the rear axle forward or backward along the axle plate. The clinical recommendation for active users is to adjust the rear axle as far forward as possible without compromising the stability of the user.

Posted on 4/29/2019 | 0 comments


Comparing & Contrasting 3 Back Frame Options for a Rigid Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair

Comparing & Contrasting 3 Back Frame Options for a Rigid Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair

The two primary types or styles of ultra lightweight wheelchair frames are folding (x-frame folding cross brace) and rigid (box or open frame). Within the two overarching groups of ultra lightweight wheelchairs, there are a number of options available in each to lead toward the selection of the most appropriate wheelchair for a user. As a part of the complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) interdisciplinary team, it is important that you have an understanding of how these options could potentially impact a user's ability to propel his/her wheelchair in the most efficient and healthy way possible.

Posted on 3/29/2019 | 0 comments


The Science of Manual Tilt Mechanisms

The Science of Manual Tilt Mechanisms

This month, we will focus on tilt wheelchairs and how the mechanism of tilt affects the base of support, including the overall wheelbase of the wheelchair, potential center of gravity displacement, and the effort required to move a person in and out of tilt.

Posted on 10/24/2018 | 0 comments


1, 2, or 3: What's the Best Caster Housing Position for Me?

1, 2, or 3: What's the Best Caster Housing Position for Me?

Reflecting back on that conversation, I recalled one of the topics the young man was most intrigued by were the three caster housing positions available on the Quickie Q7 series of wheelchairs. In order to provide a thorough overview of the three positions, I asked veteran Sunrise Medical team member and Clinical Rehab Manager, Rob Agostino, to provide some insight.

Posted on 8/15/2018 | 0 comments


The Space Age Comes to Pediatric Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs

The Space Age Comes to Pediatric Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs

One of the most frequently asked questions from parents and/or caregivers I have heard throughout my years of working in the world of Assistive Technology in relation to wheelchairs is...“How are we going to transport that thing?” The reality is that in many cases transporting wheeled mobility devices is not easy. Unfortunately, George Jetson’s car that folds up with the push of a button into a lightweight briefcase has not yet been invented, much less a wheelchair that can do the same. Discussing the portability and transport options of a wheelchair and seating system is an integral part of the early stages of the evaluation process.

Posted on 7/15/2018 | 0 comments


Ready, Set, Go! Exploring the World of Pediatric Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

Ready, Set, Go! Exploring the World of Pediatric Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs have evolved immensely, but especially over the past 20 years. The most recent surge in technological advances for manual wheelchairs began in the 1990s and has continued with the implementation of lighter weight material being utilized in manufacturing and the ability to truly customize a wheelchair for each individual.

Posted on 4/15/2018 | 0 comments


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