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The Health Benefits of Standing Wheelchairs

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Many people who can stand do not understand the amazing benefits of being able to do so. Such as independence and the naturally occurring health benefits from changing posture. When someone is forced to sit in one position for extreme amount of time, health problems will naturally occur. In fact, physicians have been documenting the benefits of standing devices for years throughout medical publications. Now, thanks to Redman Power chair, the world’s highest quality standing wheelchair, even people with spinal cord injuries can reap the health benefits of standing.

Physical Benefits of Standing Wheelchairs

Urinary Health – Urinary Tract Infections are common among people who are in wheelchairs. However, studies have shown that using a standing device or standing wheelchair can greatly decrease urinary tract infections.

Circulation – Changing posture helps the blood circulate around the body. For example, sitting in one position causes the blood to stagnate and reduce circulation to other places of the body.

Spasticity – Staying in one position, such as sitting, can cause muscle spasticity. Changing posture helps relax the muscles and reduce spasticity.

Bowel Function – Poor bowel function is a common complaint among wheel chair users. However, according to numerous studies, standing exercises can greatly improve bowel function. Even when using a standing wheelchair these results are the same.

Pressure Sores – Pressure sores occur from constant pressure on one area of the body. Being able to stand up in a wheelchair helps distribute your weight and improve healing of bed sores.

Contractures – Sitting for long periods of time may cause the joints and muscles to stiffen. Standing allows the muscles to get stretched and exercised, decreasing the amount of stiffness you experience in joints and muscles.

Bone Density – Some evidence shows that standing wheelchairs may increase bone density. This is because standing puts more weight on your bones than sitting.

Psychological Benefits of Standing Wheelchairs

Independence – Standing is the foundation of reclaiming independence. A few examples include being able to reach cupboards, change light-bulbs, and looking into a mirror at a regular level.

Increased cognition – Better circulation often means better cognition. Standing wheelchairs may help with certain cognitive tasks such as memory and focus.

Fatigue – Sitting or lying down for too long is a known cause for fatigue. Muscles may atrophy and quickly tire. Standing up helps exercises these muscles and reduce fatigue.

Depression – Depression is often caused by feeling a lack of control over certain situations. So it is no wonder why people confined to a wheelchair may suffer from depression. However, gaining the ability to stand, even with assistance, helps reclaim a certain amount of control and helps reduce depression.

Well Being – Wellbeing is dramatically increased by using a standing wheelchair. You can be on “the same level” when talking or communicating as others. You can also make eye contact, pose for photographs, hug standing up and much more.

Sources:
http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Resources/Resna_position_on_wheelchair_standers.pdf
http://www.easystand.com/health-benefits/index.cfm

Eat My Dust! Redman Power Chair Goes Off Road

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

America’s top-selling power standing wheelchair has the ability to go off-road with its 4” ground clearance, four wheel independent suspension, and uneven ground compensation. Eat my dust!  Not only can the Redman Power Chair access your world indoors with it’s superior maneuverability and small footprint, it can also go outdoors to broaden your accessibility in challenging terrain.

To illustrate the off-road capabilities of the Redman Power Chair, we have put together the Eat My Dust video to show the off-road functionality. In the video we have outfitted our chair with the off-road drive wheels that are an available option. Even without the optional wheels, this chair is extremely capable of off-road driving. The optional wheels simply add more traction.

“We are thrilled that power chair users continue to improve the quality of their life by going anywhere, on any terrain,” says Sam Redman, Founder and Sales Manager of Redman Power Chair “The innovation behind the ground clearance and suspension is something we are very proud of.”

The 4” ground clearance has always been a feature of the Redman Power Chairs and all of the chairs are hand-built in the U.S. specific to each customer’s unique needs. It has unparalleled movement and numerous physical and psychological health benefits ranging from improved circulation to increased cognition. “Without a standing wheelchair or reclining wheelchair, users can encounter health problems.” Redman continued, “We make a chair that has always been healthier for the user and it can go on uneven, rough ground while still being stable and comfortable.”

Want to learn more? Call Sam Redman directly at (877)-377-1677 or schedule a free demo online, and we’ll bring a chair to you to try out.

Shea Stickrod stops by for a visit

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Shea Stickrod’s chair is almost 5 years old and he recently had the opportunity to come to Tucson so he paid us a visit. While he was here we gave him a tune-up and a tour of our facilities. Shea wanted to share how much the chair had changed his life and also how much he enjoyed the relationship that we have had over the years.

We are looking forward to updating Shea to a new Redman Power Chair in the near future!

If you are ever in Tucson, Arizona and would like a tour of our facility like Shea, stop by and we’ll give you a complimentary tune-up and a tour.

 

Announcing a new standard paint scheme for 2012

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

We put some Red in the Redman Power Chair! The new 2012 paint scheme has arrived. We added some red to our all black Redman Power Chair. Dare we compare our Redman Power Chair to a Ferrari, but we’re going to do it anyway. We hope you like our new “sporty” look with a splash of candy red on the front wheels and battery tray. It may not be as fast as a Ferrari, but now you can ride in style. Zoom into 2012 with candy red styling on your new Redman Power Chair.

2012 LOOK NEW PAINT SCHEME

2012 LOOK NEW PAINT SCHEME

 

 

Perry gets a new Powerchair Wheelchair

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Martin Montoya, Redman Power Chair’s new California representative and I recently delivered a new Redman Power Chair to Perry in Mountain Lake, CA. As you can see from the video below, Perry is excited to use his new chair, and it’s no wonder. He’s finally able to stand for the first time in over 30 years! Being able to stand is a big deal to Perry, since he’s had a persistent pressure sore that will only go away if he’s able to take the pressure off the sore. Thanks to his new Redman Power Chair, he can do just that! Watch the video below to see his appreciation for his new found freedom.

Redman on FOX Business News

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Redman Power Chair appeared on the December 7th, 2011 segment of Manufacturing Marvels with John Criswell, during the Freedom Watch program on FOX Business Network. Manufacturing Marvels spotlights American manufacturers, their products, as well as each companies’ processes and customers. In this video, you will get to see a tour of our manufacturing facility in Tucson, Arizona and the fabrication process used to produce our Chief 107-ZRx standing, reclining power wheelchair.

Redman on FOX Business Network’s Manufacturing Marvels

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Manufacturing Marvels with John Criswell on FOX Business NetworkWe are proud to announce that we have been selected to appear on the December 7th segment of Manufacturing Marvels with John Criswell, during Freedom Watch on FOX Business Network. Redman was chosen because our power chairs are ingeniously balanced to tilt, stand, lift legs, and recline, and each chair is designed to meet each customer’s specifications and needs while providing maximum comfort, control, accessibility and ease of use. You will get to see a tour of our manufacturing facility and the fabrication process used to produce the highest quality standing power chair available on the market today.

 

The Benefits of a Positionable Power Wheelchair

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Staying or moving in a stationary position for long periods can bring on a number of health related problems, such as Carpal Tunnel, ulcer problems, and muscle weakness. Having a wheelchair that allows the body frequent movement from the sitting position can help avoid some of these issues.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We all use our hands all day long, be it for typing, cooking, cleaning, or just turning the television on or off. For wheelchair users, this is multiplied several times further because of the constant need to get in and out of the chair and then propel the wheels, often over long distances. Carpal tunnel syndrome isn’t just a computer issue. You might be surprised to know that it can be a major problem for wheelchair users, brought on by propelling a wheelchair all day long with repetitive motions. Half of wheelchair users get this injury that often has to be dealt with through surgery. This syndrome often begins with pain or tingling in the hands, moving up the arms. Eventually arms and hands are so painful that it becomes impossible to use them as normal.

Ulcer Problems

Most of you will have heard of the pressure ulcers that often affect seniors when they spend a long time lying in bed without moving. Wheelchair users can also suffer from pressure ulcers when they are in a chair for long periods. Pressure ulcers are caused by the unvarying pressure and friction of bed sheets and various materials in chairs. The ulcers develop in bony areas caused by the weight of the body on pressure points. These areas are difficult to heal with the cycle of further weight on the same pressure points. This makes the person unwilling to move because of the pain. Poor circulation also causes ulcers to appear. Regrettably, some medicines to help arthritis can also increase the chance of ulcers.

Muscle Weakness

Wheelchair users need to keep as fit as possible by being active or even playing sports to maintain body health. Without exercise other health problems begin to occur, brought on by an inactive or sedentary lifestyle. It’s a vicious cycle. Your muscles get weaker because of lack of exercise, and this includes the heart which needs to pump blood to your muscles. If your heart is weaker, you will find it harder to exercise. With age also comes the possibility for osteoporosis which can cause bones to break easier, resulting in further lack of mobility. Excess weight can add further strain to the heart and muscles. A healthy diet and load bearing activities are the best ways to prevent these problems. A DEXA scan (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) can see how load bearing activities have affected your bone strength.

Benefits of a Positionable Power Wheelchair

Depending on the funds available through savings or insurance, a powered wheelchair brings several advantages over a self powered chair to mitigate some of the health issues. While arm exercise will be reduced, which needs to be balanced by increasing other exercises, general health can be a major beneficiary, particularly for seniors who will lose arm power as age increases.

Some powered wheelchairs, such as the Redman Power Chair, allow movements that significantly aid good health. Having the chair allows you to move to a standing position, and the reverse, to a horizontal position (for example in a reclining chair), which can prove an advantage for many common day house and work responsibilities.

Improved breathing due to the position of the body and a significant reduction of pressure sores improves overall health and also both bowel and bladder functions. Blood flow and the functioning of the heart are also improved by such a chair. So despite these major health issues the right wheelchair choice can have a positive impact on your quality of life and that has to be a target for any wheelchair user.

 

10 Little Indian Chiefs

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

new redman power standing wheelchairsThese Redman Power Chairs were just out of production as we snapped this photograph. Each power standing wheelchair has been tailor made specifically for their intended owners unique needs. We custom build them according to the users height, weight, and disability requirements; such as compensating for a person’s leaning tendency or to provide additional trunk stability or leg elevation, etc. By now, the new owners have received personal delivery of their new chairs, including our 25 point delivery inspection process, where final fitting adjustments are made and the chair is programmed for the individual.

We bend over backwards for you at Redman!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Our new “yoga strap” system is capable of more movement than the average person has flexibility. In this video, our model, Christy, hyper extends allowing for a soothing lumbar stretch using our reclining wheel chair capability. While not all Redman Power Chair users can benefit from this sort of stretching, it’s good to have the option available for those who are capable of doing some “chair yoga”. If you have an older model of Redman Power Chair, this system upgrade is available at a very reasonable cost. Contact us today to chat about it!