I can almost guarantee that if you ask anybody the question “who would benefit from having a riser/recliner chair?” 99.9% of people would say the elderly and of course they would be right. Many elderly people do struggle to get out of a standard chair and having a chair that rises slightly so there is less effort involved in getting into the standing position is of course a great help.
However not many people consider that there are also great benefit to be had by wheelchair users. Many of you might be thinking, why would a wheelchair user want to get out of one seat purely to sit in another?
So how can a riser/recliner chair benefit wheelchair users? Below are a few benefits that could help most if not all permanent wheelchair users:
• Being able to recline offers pressure relief and allows the internal organs to work more efficiently.
• Being able to rest your head and shoulders can alleviate neck pain
• The reclining motion of a riser recliner chair can help stretch the back and leg muscles to help prevent stiffness.
A permanent wheelchair user will often sit in the same position, in the same chair most of their waking hours, this causes many problems over the years, firstly by your body getting used to mainly one position only. Permanent wheelchair users will also often get a curvature of the spine as the back is moulded to the shape of their wheelchair and of course there is also the important issue of pressure relief to prevent sores etc.
One of the greatest benefits to a wheelchair user is sitting for one or two hours a day in a riser recliner chair that has the added bonus of the foot rest being able to rise. This greatly helps with poor circulation especially in the feet and ankles allowing the blood to flow more freely helping to prevent swelling or oedema of the feet that is caused by sitting too long in a wheelchair.
Even if you sit in a riser recliner chair as an alternative chair watching TV for an hour each evening you will feel the benefits; unless of course you’re watching Big Brother! Try QI, it’s far more educational and really Quite Interesting!
• Especially for wheelchair users it is most important to go for electric rather than manual recliners.
• Test a few models to find out if you need single or dual motors.
• Consider the size of the chair and if it not only fits you comfortably but also fits in your environment.
So there you have it, if you are a wheelchair user and spend a great deal of time in your wheelchair seriously give consideration to a riser recliner chair, you will properly find it more comfortable, easier to get out of and certainly better for your posture as well as helping to improve your circulation.