Maintaining good posture in your manual wheelchair helps you to carry out tasks and perform activities more effectively. Correct posture differs according to each person and their circumstances, but it is always key to maintaining health and to getting the best out of any wheelchair.
Proper wheelchair maintenance is key to ensuring the mobility, performance and safety of your equipment.
The maintenance of a manual wheelchair depends upon the model and the type of use it is subjected to. It is worth bearing in mind that certain features are subject to greater wear and tear and so must always be in perfect condition in order to ensure their proper function and safety.
Wheelchair basketball is perhaps the best known wheelchair sport, but other sports such as tennis, padel, cycling and adapted rugby also use sports wheelchairs. Sports wheelchairs are often complex in their design and technology, adapting not only to the rigours of each discipline, but also being tailored to the needs of the individual, the sport and the environment the sport is played within.
What affects the manoeuvrability of a manual wheelchair? The weight of the person who uses it? The material that the frame is made from? In truth, it is both of those things and a host of other variables, including the friction of your wheelchair that will affect your resistance and your bearing and, ultimately, your mobility.
Biomechanical issues (size and position of the wheels, distance between the axles and angulation) also need to be taken into account, as well as other variable related to its use. By taking all of these into account, you will not only choose the best manual wheelchair for you but also have greater success in dealing with mobility problems.
Wheelchair accessories provide a host of everyday benefits, either by making day-to-day life more easy, increasing your mobility and independence, or improving your level of comfort.
Choosing the right accessories for you depends on your individual needs as well as the type of wheelchair you use, although many accessories are available for both manual and powered wheelchairs, as well as scooters.