Sometimes the specialist will need to cut or weld parts of the wheelchair, or to add additional padding and foam so that the wheelchair will suit the particular individual — everyone's different!
But getting a wheelchair molded to your body and your needs takes work. That's why we train specialists who understand anatomy, physical therapy and disability health issues to be able to custom-fit each wheelchair.
The specialist will then go back to the equipment and adjust the seat back, the angle of the seat, the length of the foot rest, and the location of the side supports, to match the measurements of the individual.
When the right supports are in place, and your wheelchair is fitted to your body, you'll have less pain, breathe better and reduce the risk of future health problems.
When most people think of wheelchairs, they probably think about mobility. A wheelchair 'gets' you places.
The result is a wheelchair that makes each child feel supported and independent!
When a seating specialist first meets a client, he will take some measurements and work with the individual on the floor to get an idea of that person's 'range of motion', meaning how freely that person is able to move different parts of the body.
But a wheelchair serves another very important function for people with disabilities. It provides postural support.
Then the specialist will help the individual into their new wheelchair, and final adjustments will be made.
At scheduled wheelchair fittings, UCPRUK and our partners work with each individual to establish his or her needs, and then adjust each piece of equipment to make sure it provides the appropriate postural support.
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