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  • How am I sitting? - Thoughts & Ideas for new chair :)

    So this is me in the GPV - My legs look ok there but when I'm out and about they tend to pull forward.

    I would love some general thoughts on how I'm sitting in the chair so when I go for the new one I'll know what to keep and what to change.

    Btw, what do you think the frame angle is?

    p.s. I was talking at the time, hence the odd face I'm pulling.

    Oh and I switched the footrest round to try and catch my feet. It works ok but there's nowhere to rest my heels which is a bit of a problem.

    The more info the better, thank you

  • #2
    Here is an on line training program from The Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development (IRRD) at The Rehabilitation Centre (Ottawa) that addresses a lot of questions you may have about wheelchair posture and positioning, but didn't know where to look.

    http://www.irrd.ca/education/present...p?refname=e1b1

    All the best,
    GJ

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    • #3
      Your frame angle appears to be 75 degrees. Did you try looking up your serial # from that link I gave you? You appear to be sitting quite high in the rear. It sounds like an angle adjustable footrest would help you.
      C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Brianm View Post
        Your frame angle appears to be 75 degrees. Did you try looking up your serial # from that link I gave you? You appear to be sitting quite high in the rear. It sounds like an angle adjustable footrest would help you.
        It didn't work last time I tried it but I've emailed them directly. Don't know if they'll get back to me.

        I decided to post because I've been asking a lot of questions but it must be hard to answer some of them without seeing me in the chair

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ipenguin View Post
          It didn't work last time I tried it but I've emailed them directly. Don't know if they'll get back to me.

          I decided to post because I've been asking a lot of questions but it must be hard to answer some of them without seeing me in the chair
          As they say, a picture is worth....
          C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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          • #6
            What's most obvious to me is your rear seat height appears too high. For optimal propulsion, the tips of your gently extended middle fingers should be touching your axle button. Your fingers aren't extended in the pic, but I'm guessing your an inch or more too high.
            Chas
            TiLite TR3
            Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
            I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

            "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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            • #7
              Originally posted by chasmengr View Post
              What's most obvious to me is your rear seat height appears too high. For optimal propulsion, the tips of your gently extended middle fingers should be touching your axle button. Your fingers aren't extended in the pic, but I'm guessing your an inch or more too high.
              Not only that, that cog is making him loosing effiency in each push.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by totoL1 View Post
                Not only that, that cog is making him loosing effiency in each push.
                I have to say, it's like a mule to push most of the time. I was so new to chairs when I got this that I went super conservative to keep it stable but the downside is a pretty heavy chair feeling a whole lot heavier due to setup. So far, you guys have confirmed what I was thinking. I want to bring the rsh down about an inch (changing the back angle to compensate) and bring the cog forward. The rsh drop will compromise posture a tiny bit but on balance, a small price to pay as I've always felt too high in the chair. After that I'm going to focus on getting the footrest situation sorted.

                If I can get this thing dialled in, it will give me the breathing space I need to save for something like a Zra/Q7 in the future.

                In truth, there are many things to love about this chair...You can throw it around and it just takes it so I think with some tweaks here and there it will serve me well for another year or so.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brianm View Post
                  As they say, a picture is worth....
                  Peter Parker

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zwthomp View Post
                    Peter Parker
                    picked a peck of...
                    C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ipenguin View Post
                      I have to say, it's like a mule to push most of the time. I was so new to chairs when I got this that I went super conservative to keep it stable but the downside is a pretty heavy chair feeling a whole lot heavier due to setup. So far, you guys have confirmed what I was thinking. I want to bring the rsh down about an inch (changing the back angle to compensate) and bring the cog forward. The rsh drop will compromise posture a tiny bit but on balance, a small price to pay as I've always felt too high in the chair. After that I'm going to focus on getting the footrest situation sorted.

                      If I can get this thing dialled in, it will give me the breathing space I need to save for something like a Zra/Q7 in the future.

                      In truth, there are many things to love about this chair...You can throw it around and it just takes it so I think with some tweaks here and there it will serve me well for another year or so.
                      It looks like you might need more than an inch in the rear; I think you may want to focus on a ZRa (or Aero Z) rather than something like a ZR/TR.
                      C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brianm View Post
                        It looks like you might need more than an inch in the rear; I think you may want to focus on a ZRa (or Aero Z) rather than something like a ZR/TR.
                        Yeah I agree...A non-adjustable would be too much of a risk

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ipenguin View Post
                          I have to say, it's like a mule to push most of the time. I was so new to chairs when I got this that I went super conservative to keep it stable but the downside is a pretty heavy chair feeling a whole lot heavier due to setup. So far, you guys have confirmed what I was thinking. I want to bring the rsh down about an inch (changing the back angle to compensate) and bring the cog forward. The rsh drop will compromise posture a tiny bit but on balance, a small price to pay as I've always felt too high in the chair. After that I'm going to focus on getting the footrest situation sorted.

                          If I can get this thing dialled in, it will give me the breathing space I need to save for something like a Zra/Q7 in the future.

                          In truth, there are many things to love about this chair...You can throw it around and it just takes it so I think with some tweaks here and there it will serve me well for another year or so.
                          why not just play around with the adjustments you can make? grab a wrench and have at it. (Mark down where you started from though)

                          see for yourself what a difference an inch here or there can make. the way I see it, you have basically nothing to lose by taking a Saturday & a set or wrenches to tinker with it, make one change at a time and go from there.

                          as long as you apply caution to your safety, the chair isn't fragile and will be fine. Just don't start stripping bolts haha.

                          good luck, HAVE FUN with it.

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