Tilting (Tilt-In-Space) Wheelchair or Reclining Wheelchair? Which One Better?

Posted on August 23 2019

Tilting (Tilt-In-Space) Wheelchair or Reclining Wheelchair? Which One Better?
Why do I need a tilting (tilt-in-space) or reclining wheelchair?
Imagine what happens when you need to sit at an upright position for the whole day? It can be uncomfortable and fatigue. The same situation goes to the wheelchair user. That is the reason why tilting (tilt-in-space) wheelchair or reclining wheelchair can provide more comfort for the wheelchair user.

Benefits of Tilting (Tilt-In-Space) Wheelchair and Reclining Wheelchair

Tilting (Tilt-In-Space) Wheelchair

Reclining Wheelchair

Suitable for user with muscular dystrophy.

Suitable for user with spinal cord injuries.

Prevent pressure sores by temporarily shifting the weight from buttocks to back.

Opens up the angle between the backrest and seat.

Often comes together with elevating legrests*. Can use elevating legrests to raise the legs to a higher position. It helps to reduce edema of lower extremities and reduce sheer (such as sliding backrest that moves with the user during recline).

Help to relieve pain and discomfort caused by scoliosis*.

User can lie down for rest or take a nap.

Allow user to stretch and change body position to support pressure care and comfort.

Generally both types of wheelchairs provide pressure relief, increase circulation, improve posture and positioning, easier to perform some nursing procedures, support safe transfers and minimize variations/fluctuations in the user’s muscular control.
Sometimes the user may need a combination of tilting (tilt-in-space) and reclining wheelchair as it provides comprehensive benefits for the user.

*Extra Information:
*Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine has a sideways curve. The curve is usually "S"- or "C"-shaped over three dimensions.
*Elevating legrests


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