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5 Reasons to Switch From a Manual Wheelchair to Power Assist

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  • 5 Reasons to Switch From a Manual Wheelchair to Power Assist

    If you are in a manual wheelchair, then you have undoubtedly seen the advantages that it can offer you in your daily life over a power chair. Independence, exercise, transportability, and cost are some of the benefits of a manually-propelled chair when compared to its joystick-controlled counterpart.

    However, there can also be many drawbacks to long-term manual wheelchair use, which include fatigue, repetitive stress injuries, and a lack of powered assistance when navigating inclines and uneven terrain. Since our upper extremities were not designed to bear the weight of self-propulsion, the desire to lead an active lifestyle in a manual chair could potentially be derailed over time by the limitations of the shoulders, elbows and wrists.

    Ideally, you need a manual wheelchair with power assistance that requires much less effort to push, since this would still keep the advantages of a manual chair while reducing its long-term health risks. If you fit the criteria for an ideal power assist user or want to learn more about the health benefits of power assist, please click on the link below to learn more and download our free e-book, "Who is Ideal for a Power Assist Wheelchair?".