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Why Wheelchair Cushions Are Necessary
Some people don’t mind not having a cushion during short transport or just short-term daily use. But such prolonged use can lead to many discomfort and pressure-related problems if a user is confined to the wheelchair frequently throughout the day or in it for long-term use. Whether the patient uses a power wheelchair or transport chair, a cushion can greatly help users be not only more comfortable but also safer and healthier.
More than Just Comfort
Wheelchair cushions provide extra padding that keeps the user happy and comfortable, but there are many more practical uses for different types. Medical seating cushions are made to enhance certain things that elderly or handicapped people can’t really control as much, from moisture absorption to pressure relief, bedsore relief, and sore prevention. They also offer exceptional positioning stability for improved posture. Therefore, it’s important to choose the medical cushion that a person actually needs. Here are some wheelchair cushion types that are on the market:
Air cushions are one of the more advanced medical cushions. They are very adaptable and offer alternating pressure, or even just standardized adjustable pressure to target areas while allowing pressure points to get the most relief. Air cushions can be costlier, but part of the reason for this is that their niche is specialized.
Back cushions are specially shaped cushions that provide spinal and posture relief or correction. If the head, neck, and lower back aren't properly positioned, sitting for extended periods can create discomfort, pain, and even injury. For those with spinal issues, a back cushion for your wheelchair may provide the best support
Coccyx Cushions are designed to support the tailbone area while alleviating pressure on the spine and buttocks. These wheelchairs cushions are perfect for those suffering from lower back pain or sciatica and can be used in wheelchairs, office chairs, and cars.
Pommel cushions provide support through a bumper at the anterior portion of the wheelchairs cushion. This sciatica cushion for a chair provides proper hip positioning by keeping your knees separate. Its wedge design helps prevent the patient from sliding forward and improves posture. This wheelchairs cushion helps reduce pressure on the tailbone, lower back, and surrounding tissue.
Wedge cushions are designed to provide an inclined surface for the seat of your wheelchair, allowing a more comfortable sitting posture. The angled incline supports the lower back, which helps reduce pressure on the tailbone and sciatica nerve.
Bariatric wheelchair cushions provide extra support and comfort for larger individuals with up to a 600-pound weight capacity. These wheelchair cushions are specifically designed with high-density foam or gel, allowing users to sit in a wheelchair for longer without experiencing discomfort.
Inflatable wheelchairs cushions are designed to treat and prevent soft tissue or skin breakdown, as well as pressure ulcers, pressure sores, deep tissue issues, and surgery or other wounds. Inflate the sides to different levels, or change the front and back angles to conform to the needs of each patient. The air moves with the body, and it can be adjusted to match the body shape of each patient or their personal skin condition needs.
Regular wheelchairs cushions are ideal for those looking for a more simple wheelchairs cushion that provides basic support and comfort. These wheelchairs cushions provide a good amount of padding and can be easily adjusted to fit wheelchairs of various sizes. They have various height profiles, 2", 3", and 4".
Read our blog 7 Types of Wheelchair Cushions to learn more.
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