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Explaining Power Seat Functions: Power Tilt & Power Recline

As we continue working our way through power wheelchair topics, our focus turns to the different power seat functions available on the market today. Simply put, power seat functions are the different positions a power wheelchair can achieve. These different positions can be important to perform functional tasks during the day (e.g., seat elevation for reaching…

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Wheelchair Drive Wheel Placement and Indoor Maneuverability

In our last blog about power wheelchairs and mobility, we discussed the benefits and considerations of drive wheel placement. This week we’re continuing our look at drive wheel placement in regards to indoor maneuverability. When instructing for indoor maneuvering, keep in mind: wheelchairs pivot at the drive wheel initiate the turn when the center of…

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Methods of Pressure Redistribution: Immersion and Envelopment

We’ve talked about methods of pressure redistribution in the past. To quickly recap, pressure cannot be eliminated in seating, so instead we must focus on the redistribution of pressure. Taking the same amount of pressure and spreading it out over a greater surface area will do this, but even then, there are different methods in…

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A User’s Balanced Ride Story: Titanium vs. Aluminum Manual Wheelchairs

This blog is part of our TiLite balanced ride blog series. See part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. See our page all about a TiLite Balanced Ride here. When you look at ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs these days, they look more sleek and stylish than ever. And why shouldn’t they? A properly fitted wheelchair can be seen as an extension of the individual,…

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Power Assist from a Proactive Perspective

Power assist is often discussed hand in hand with shoulder injury or shoulder pain. What if the discussion was different? What if power assist was considered a proactive part of manual mobility to enhance health and function? Curtis Merring, OT, MOT, and Director of Portfolio Marketing at Permobil, spoke with Laurie Watanabe for a Mobility…

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Methods of Pressure Redistribution: Offloading/Partial Offloading

We’ve talked about methods of pressure redistribution in the past. Today we’re taking a closer look at offloading / partial offloading and the benefits and considerations associated with this style of pressure redistribution. Offloading / Partial Offloading The principle of taking pressure off of a small surface area and loading it onto a greater surface area…

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Maintaining Your Ride: Manual Wheelchair Maintenance

This is 4th blog in the series Maintaining Your Ride. Check out blog 1, blog 2, and blog 3. Manual wheelchair users are not excluded from the need to perform regular wheelchair maintenance. The adverse effects of not maintaining a manual wheelchair include wheelchair breakdown and being without mobility. Steps for Maintaining a Manual Wheelchair Clean manual…

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A Year in Review: Permobil Webinar Series 2020

It’s safe to say this last year has been out of the ordinary. This has created many new challenges, requiring us all to adopt new ways of working. To help support clinicians, ATPs, providers, and the people who use our products, Permobil Academy offered even more virtual education opportunities during the year than before. Listed…

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