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Power your push, your way with power assist!

The power assist solution, Permobil SmartDrive, is controlled through fully programmable SwitchControl buttons and/or any one of our wearable solutions, including our new SmartDrive MX2+ App for Apple Watch. A manual wheelchair user pushes approximately 1,800 times each day. The goal of a power assist device is to reduce the number of times you must…

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A conversation with Andrea Dalzell: ultra lightweight wheelchairs

This is part of our series highlighting a consumer’s guide to seating and mobility equipment. Check out The Wheelchair Handbook for more information about the wheelchair service provision process. Last week we highlighted a conversation between Andrea Dalzell, a registered nurse working in New York City, and Grant Brogan, Inbound Marketing Specialist for Permobil Americas…

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A conversation with Andrea Dalzell: ultra lightweight wheelchairs

This is part of our series highlighting a consumer’s guide to seating and mobility equipment. Check out The Wheelchair Handbook for more information about the wheelchair service provision process. At Permobil, individuals and their incredible stories are at the heart of why we do what we do. Last year we had the amazing opportunity to…

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The Wheelchair Handbook: A consumer’s guide to seating & mobility equipment

This is part of our series highlighting a consumer’s guide to seating and mobility equipment. Check out The Wheelchair Handbook for more information about the wheelchair service provision process. The Wheelchair Handbook: A consumer’s guide to seating and mobility equipment is intended to provide you, the consumer, with information about the wheelchair service provision process.…

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Is my wheelchair still working for me?

You have the perfect wheelchair set up, but what if something changes? A multitude of scenarios may lead to the need to return to your doctor and/or your therapist for another evaluation. During this time, it could be determined that adjustments to your chair may be needed, or a different type of chair/mobility device is…

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Manual wheelchair propulsion patterns and efficiency

Today’s topic is manual wheelchair propulsion patterns and efficiency. Propulsion Patterns There are four push stroke techniques consisting of a push phase and a recovery phase. The pattern of recovery (release to contact) is the largest difference between techniques. The semicircular pattern is encouraged because: It promotes better biomechanics It is associated with lower stroke…

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What does the color of your wheelchair say about you?

Obtaining your custom manual wheelchair can be an overwhelming process. There are many functional and technical aspects to consider when choosing parts and set-up such as seat height, front caster size, back and cushion, front frame angle… and I’m just getting started! Customization allows for choices, but one selection that often seems to require additional…

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Choosing between minimally adjustable and performance rigid manual wheelchairs

During my 15 years working as the lead PT in a wheeled seating and mobility program, one thing I have learned is that the clinical decision-making process when finalizing manual wheelchair recommendations can be lengthy. Due diligence requires extensive investigative effort in order to identify the client’s current medical and functional needs. Luckily, there are multiple best-practice resources for use as a guide. One of those guides is the “RESNA Position on the Application of…

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Wheelchair frame progression, part II

We’re continuing our look at the progression of manual wheelchair frame design with part II. We’re getting closer to how the design has been refined and evolved in the manual wheelchair as we know it today! This two-part blog belongs to our TiLite balanced ride blog series. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.…

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