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.
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.
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.
All deep cycle gel batteries require a complete recharging (regardless of use) for the first 20 days of use in any power mobility product. Failure to do this could shorten the driving range, and may effect the overall life of the batteries. Please click the link to view an excerpt from our manual regarding the gel batteries break-in procedure.
These 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.
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!
The Redman company has service personnel available nationwide, including Alaska and Hawaii. Additionally, we have roving factory service trucks covering the contiguous U.S. for updates and factory adjustments. It is important to note, that the Redman Power Chair product is not a “new” chair in the complete sense of the word… We have constantly been improving the same chair, and building it in the U.S. with U.S. components, for over 20 years. The current 2011 Redman Power Chair is the result of all these years of progress, and it is very dependable and self diagnosing. As a family owned and operated company, we take great pride in our service; if something is not meeting your needs please let me know directly.
Bob Nedens is a long time Redman Power Chair user and he just received his new Redman Power Chair edition, replacing his trusty old Chief 107ZRx. Check out his superior skill on the straw… perhaps he should take up the harmonica??? Seriously though folks, this video shows Bob maneuvering with the ultimate of precision while testing out his new chair at our headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. The new Redman Power Chair is very “snappy” according to Bob, and it was very easy for him to tune into the new speedier and precise frame geometry. He was so good, I didn’t even flinch when he headed in my direction! 🙂
What happens in a Redman Power Chair design control meeting? When Don Redman met with Steve and Mike from the Redman production department, they put their heads together to critique each others ideas to build a better product.
They recently discussed thoughts about improving the “Boomerang” attachment, which replaces the previous gear assembly. It currently allows you to add all the weight one could reasonably apply to the arm rest while keeping the system stable. Working on adding adjustability to the shear mechanism to control the speed of the movement to minamalize shearing forces.
The group also discussed some new aesthetic options to streamline the appearance for the chairs future models. They also covered some other “top secret” ideas in the works that will be revealed in time. These regular brainstorming sessions are significant to the ongoing process of improving the company’s standing power wheelchair.
Since Red got his new Redman Power Chair Standing Power Chair about a month ago, he has called us no less than 5 times to express his complete satisfaction with our latest creation. Red can own any power chair of his choosing, and this is his 3rd Redman chair. He has done due diligence researching other brands of chairs prior to purchasing his 3rd Redman chair, so hearing him say our new chair is light years ahead of his old chairs means a lot to us. Red received our latest technology of extreme seat angle combined with high leg option allowing even greater body positioning. For quadriplegics such as Red, the extreme seat angle is a real contributor not only to lower sitting pressures but to greater sitting stability. In this video you will see Red doing high-speed brodies with his son and dog, Rupert, watching in the background.
“I really like the cheap high I get when going around and around.”
Chairapy Definition: [Chair-uh-pee] –noun, plural -pies. A power chair with a curative power or quality. -verb The act of moving your body therapeutically with the help of a fully reclining and standing power chair.
The Redman 107-ZRx Chairapeutic benefits are:
Allows increase of weight-bearing capabilities.
Stretching of heel cords and other tendons and ligaments.
Opens mid-section for improved internal organ function.
Facilitates healing of existing sores and eliminates recurrences.