Posts Tagged ‘wheelchairs’

Wheelchairs..are not just for getting around

January 8, 2010

Types of Wheelchairs:

When you think of wheelchairs your first impression is probably hospitals and institutions right? That would be mine but wheelchairs have come along way over the years.  There are so many different varieties of chairs out there, manual chairs, electric chairs, scooters. What I am not going to do is tell you which one is better from the other. I just want to inform people that there are so many ways of those of us that are disabled to be more active and not have to sit at home.

The first one that I am going to talk about is a manual wheelchair or what might be referred to as a self propelled chair and the reason that is because you have to manual push the chair yourself by using hand rails that are attached to the wheels of the chair, this chair is good for someone that has good upper body strength and can push themselves. Over the years the chairs have been made from  lighter weight materials those in turn help those of us that have upper body strength to be more active.

Then there is what I call the electric chair, a bit if history that I was not aware of until researching this article is that the electric chair or power chair was developed for men coming home from World War 2 because of injuries that occurred  they would require a powered chair, the chair is controlled by a joy stick device attached  on the armrest.

I think I am going to leave you all with those two options for wheelchairs for now. I have come up with some other topics to futher our discussion on mobility and would like to start researching that here in the next day or so. Want to look into different kinds of crutches, braces, maybe even walkers. I hope that you all have enjoyed this post and I look forward to posting more in the near future.