Feeling comfortable in your wheelchair is crucial to your physical and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, wheelchairs can often lack the proper support you need for everyday living. Read on for tips on how to make your wheelchair more comfortable.
Why Back Support is Important
One of the greatest risks of spending extended time in a wheelchair is not having the back support you need. Without that support, you can do long-term damage to your spine, neck, and upper and lower back muscles. Good posture is essential for your health. Whether your wheelchair is for the short term or the long term, having proper back support will keep you comfortable and healthy going forward.
How to Find Proper Back Support
In order to find the back support that suits your particular body type and wheelchair, you might need to experiment a bit and try several different options before you find the right fit. You may also want to consult your doctor or physical therapist for advice on what to look for. In the meantime, consider some of the options below as a place to start.
If you find that your wheelchair seat is too rigid, slippery, or simply uncomfortable to sit on, you will end up tensing your back muscles and neck. A seat cushion can relieve discomfort and allow you to relax.
Start by trying one of our many types of seat cushions, including:
- Gel “E” 2” Seat Cushion
- Molded Wheelchair Seat Cushion
- Coccyx Seat Cushion
- For our complete inventory, visit our Cushions and Backs
Sometimes a seat cushion isn’t enough to support your back properly. Back cushions offer more direct lumbar support and make easier to avoid slouching, over straightening, or tiring your back muscles. For more targeted back support, try out this back cushion with lumbar support.
If your wheelchair is not a comfortable height, you can spend a lot of time either straining for your feet to meet the ground or allowing your feet to dangle. Being grounded with your feet is important for your upper body even when sitting down.
In Healthline’s article “What’s the Best Sitting Position for Good Posture?”, one of the main points outlined for good posture is making sure your feet are supporting your body by staying on a flat surface. If your wheelchair is too tall, be sure to find a footrest that allows your feet to be flat and secure.