Denver Physical Therapy at Home – Wheelchair Pressure Relief

WHEELCHAIR – FORWARD WEIGHT SHIFT

WHEELCHAIR - FORWARD WEIGHT SHIFT

While seated for long periods of time in a wheelchair, pressure releases on your buttocks is needed to prevent sores from developing on your skin. The prolonged pressure of your body weight on your skin reduces the blood supply to that area. To assist with improved blood circulation to your buttocks, lean forward to lift some weight off your buttocks. Hold, relax and repeat. 1-2 minutes at a time

Wheelchair Forward Weight Shift

Wheelchair Forward Weight Shift

Lock wheelchair. Position both feet flat on floor and make sure seat belt is loosened. If needed, place pillow on lap and have individual bring both arms and trunk forward. Make sure buttocks clear for proper pressure relief. Perform for required frequency and duration.

WHEELCHAIR – LATERAL WEIGHT SHIFT

WHEELCHAIR - LATERAL WEIGHT SHIFT

While seated for long periods of time in a wheelchair, pressure releases on your buttocks is needed to prevent sore from developing on your skin. The prolonged pressure of your body weight on your skin reduces the blood supply to that area. To assist with improved blood circulation to your buttocks, lean to the side and use your arms to lift some weight off your buttock on one side. Hold and then perform on the other side. 1-2 minutes at a time.

WHEELCHAIR – SCOOTING

WHEELCHAIR - SCOOTING

To scoot forward in a wheelchair with limited strength, start by shifting your body weight to one side. Then, lean against the back rest and scoot your opposite side buttock forward. Next, lean your body weight towards the other side and repeat until you are able to scoot forward in the wheelchair. To scoot back in a wheelchair, shift your body weight to one side as you use your arms, legs and or body to scoot back. Then shift your body weight towards the other side and repeat.

Pressure Relief in a Wheelchair

Pressure relief in a wheelchair

This will help to relieve pressure over bony prominences. Pressure releases in a wheelchair can be done two ways. 1) Push straight up on the armrest to straighten out your arms allowing you to lift your bottom off of the seat 2) Lean side-to-side Make sure to do this daily every 2 hours.