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Benefits of a Reclining Fold Up Wheelchair
For some people, a wheelchair is indispensable, allowing for independent movement and improved quality of life. However, remaining in the same seated position for long hours on end, day after day, can lead to skin lesions, weak abdominal muscles and tight hip flexor muscles. Sitting erect can also put stress on the neck and spine, causing pain and discomfort.
Advantages of a Reclining Wheelchair
Being able to change the angle of your wheelchair can be a positive health benefit to avoid and offset a number of conditions, including:
- Contractures: A muscle contracture is the permanent shortening of a muscle or joint caused by keeping the joint at the same angle for extended periods of time. It can lead to deformity and rigidity of the joints, muscles and other tissues. Changing your chair angle periodically can prevent contractures and improve muscle tone.
- Orthostatic hypotension: Also called postural hypotension this form of low blood pressure happens when standing up from sitting or lying down, making you feel dizzy, lightheaded or faint. A reclining wheelchair can help ease you into an upright position when moving from bed to your wheelchair
- Pressure sores: Remaining immobile in the same position creates pressure that reduces blood flow to your skin. Over time, this can cause your skin to break down and form an open sore, especially if the area is moist. If left untreated, pressure sores can cause severe tissue damage that goes deep into your muscles and bones. A reclining wheelchair allows you to relieve pressure to prevent sores and allow blood flow that promotes healing.
- Head support: Adequate head support is essential when changing the angle of your reclining wheelchair. The patient remains comfortable, while the cervical spine and head are protected during position changes. Plus a reclining chair comes standard with a headrest extension with cushioned head immobilizer for comfort.
Features of a Reclining Foldable Wheelchair
- Removable head support to facilitate folding and transportation.
- Adjustable backrest and footrest to facilitate postural changes.
- Durable lightweight aluminum construction.
If you are looking for a highly portable chair, a reclining chair may not work for you. They tend to be heavier than similar non-reclining chairs.
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