Rehabilitation

Wheelchair measurement and adjustment special guidelines

Gone are the days when one size fits all wheelchairs. A Wheelchair is a very sophisticated and personalized device these days that can be adjusted to body measurements, level of comfort, type of disability, and level of activities etc. In this article, you will read about what size of different parts of wheelchair is suitable for you and how  you can do all the necessary adjustments to make it suitable according to your body needs and measurements, so that you can make the most out of your wheelchair. Seat measurements : You should take care of seat measurements in three…

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Rehabilitation

Manual wheelchair parts & accessories guide

It’s not the case of attaching four wheels to a common chair to turn it to a manual wheelchair. Wheelchair  is indeed a sophisticated machine and currently, its various designs available to us, is the result of years of study and engineering. People get confined to wheelchair because of spinal cord injury and other disabilities . If injury level is below cervical, then manual wheelchair can be the best option, as it makes your upper body stronger by providing useful exercise and is easy to be carried in car while traveling. With various designs, size and adjustments available , one…

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Marital Life

Are men with spinal cord injury fit for marriage?

With no ability to feel or voluntary move any part of the body below injury and lack of control over bladder, questions are often raised, “ Are men with spinal cord injury fit for marriage  “?. Answer to this question is, absolutely yes ! Today, thousands of men worldwide are leading a successful marital life and many have even fathered children. It’s all about a scenario of being capable of doing a particular task, but in a different way. Erection from thoughts, known as psychogenic erections may be missing, but physiogenic erection or reflex erections, caused by physical touch, is…

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Care

Weight reduction tips for wheelchair users

A walking person has more choices to exert physically, burn calories and reduce weight. For a wheelchair user, choices are comparatively lesser. Being in a wheelchair, it becomes very important not to overweight yourself, to stay active and independent. Rule of thumb for reducing weight is to take lesser calories and burn more. Following tips can be very helpful for wheelchair users to reduce weight or maintain it at a proper level : To keep check on weight, many wheelchair users don’t eat anything whole day. They get hungry and as a result, consume one powerful meal. It doesn’t help…

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Rehabilitation

Coping with depression after spinal cord injury

The difficult circumstances, pain and grief after spinal cord injury often leads to  depression. Neither It’s just a feeling down, nor a state of mind, but a disease, that needs proper care and attention. Depression after spinal cord injury, effects every aspect of your life in negative manner. It may have negative impact on your friends, marriage, parenting and career. It effects your thoughts,emotions, behaviors and health. DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS: In depression, you may have feelings of Sadness, Hopelessness, Guilt, Moodiness and anger. You may lose interest in your favorite activities. It also effects your ability to concentrate, decide and remember….

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Rehabilitation

Important tips for emotional setting after spinal cord injury

You were living a full active life, flying high in career or were in pursuit of your dreams, then an accident occurred resulting in spinal cord injury which changed your life completely! You face a lot of new problems, your dependence on others increase, your limitations increase and you feel like being caged in your body. It’s quite natural to feel sad and be in grief initially. But the sooner you come out of the grief and move towards active life, the better it would be for you.     Here are few tricks that will help you emotionally feel…

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Care

Chronic complications of spinal cord injury: 3 things you must avoid

Today if you take care of yourself you can live a lengthy life, like a normal person, after spinal cord injury . But situations were not that good if you go back in history. Before world War II and the advent of antibiotics, lives of people suffering from spinal cord injury were very short.Spinal cord injury was like a death sentence and the culprits were three i.e Pneumonia, pressure ulcers and urinary tract infections. These three are still very dangerous and still the main cause of deaths after spinal cord injury. Let’s discuss briefly about some chronic complications of spinal…

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Inspiration

Wheelchair, a symbol of strength not weakness!

How many times have people in wheelchair been treated with sympathy and pity? But if you  go a bit deeper and study their lives, you will find some amazing qualities to be learnt from them. You will find stories of no surrender in battle against adversity and will find wheelchair being a symbol of strength rather than weakness. People get confined to wheelchair because of some sort of disability, inability to walk. They get it either by birth or because of some accident causing spinal cord injury. You may see wheelchair users doing job, running business or pursuing education etc…

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Hygiene

Quadriplegic catheter selection guide for bladder management

Catheter selection for Quadriplegics  In article about bladder management, we discussed in detail about different types of catheter and their pros and cons. In this article, we will discuss about suitability of various catheter for quadriplegics. When selecting quadriplegic catheter for bladder management, quadriplegics should look at two aspects: First is catheter’s medical complications second is the independence and ease with which they can manage bladder . Uro-dynamic reports, in medical point of view, can help a lot in looking at the suitability of a catheter . Intermittent catheterization As we have discussed earlier, that the best way to manage…

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Rehabilitation

Bed to wheelchair transfer techniques : Quadriplegic transfer guide

In part 1, we discussed in detail about importance of independence in Bed to wheelchair transfer techniques to live active life after spinal cord injury, and some general rules and techniques for easy and safe transfer. In this article, we will read about Bed to wheelchair transfer techniques of paraplegics and quadriplegics. paraplegic transfer As paraplegics have full functionality of their hands and arms so they can get independence in transfer quite easily. They need to take care of the rules and techniques for safe transfer as discussed in part 1.   quadriplegic transfer As majority of quadriplegics have injury…

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