Wheelchairs are boon to the people who are disable. People who are affected by mobility issues will find it very difficult to move from one place to the other. But invention of wheelchairs have made it easy. Earlier people required others help to move the wheelchair from place to place. But nowadays there are many automated wheelchairs available. Due to this they could move from place to place by themselves and also this builds confidence in them.
Though every wheelchair seems to be similar, actually they are not. Selecting the right type of wheelchair will require many considerations. There are different types of wheelchairs like air flotation, foam and gel. Most of the physicians prefer or suggest with gel wheelchair cushions. It will help you greatly in making it best support for your back and other structure. Also you will have to find the following necessary factors like height, weight and terrain.
First thing to check will be the body weight. Weight of the person is really important to select the wheelchair type.
Second, the wheelchair cushions, the cushion you select must be comfortable and long lasting. As they will be sitting all through the day it is necessary to put more concentration on the cushion you select. It must not discomfort them and at the same time it should support their backbone well. This will help them avoid back pain.
Third, the terrain. It is important to know the height of the leg such that you can select the right terrain. It should be easy for them to rest their leg on the terrain.
Right posture of the person is to sit erect and resting the foot straight. This will help you to prevent from pressure on you bottom or buttocks. The spinal cord remains straight helping in prevention from back pain. Hips and thighs would rest well. Hence the lower body will not be felt so heavy. Many wheelchair are not provided with comfortable seats. The wheelchair should be fixed with good quality cushions and this will help the patient or the handicapped person to feel them lighter as they rest well on the wheelchair.
Some people may think that wheelchair cushions must be thicker. It is because that when they sit continuously it might get pressed and becomes thinner. But it is not true. This type of heavy cushion may not give proper support to the spine. It is always suggested to buy a cushion with 3 finger thickness. If it is more than 3 finger thickness then it is not preferable. If you search online you will be able to find many guidelines on how to buy a right type of cushion for wheelchairs.