Medical aspects of a Seated Segway

A Seated Segway is a completely new segment in mobility aids. Many people are not yet aware of the existence of a balance wheelchair. In addition, there are a number of misunderstandings regarding this category of wheelchairs that use the (Segway) balance technology.

A Seated Segway turns the user into a kind of operating lever. The technique of the chair maintains the balance, of course you don’t have to do that yourself. The Seated Segway follows the user’s movements, both to move forwards and backwards. This creates a seamless collaboration between man and machine.

For whom is a Seated Segway suitable?

Using a Seated Segway is easier than people often think, but it does require some trunk stability and the user’s independent transfer capability. A Seated Segway is a suitable aid for anyone with a (walking) disability, but can also offer a solution for the following disorders: spinal cord injury, MS, Spina Bifida, muscle diseases, ALS, amputation or osteoarthritis.

Ergonomics

The movements of the upper body cause the Seated Segway to start moving or to stop again, thus enforcing an upright and active sitting position. In contrast to a regular wheelchair, in which a static and bent position is common, the body is stimulated to actively use the muscles in the trunk. The trunk is stretched upwards and is actively in motion while driving.

Active upper body movement

Due to the active movements, the muscles are continuously addressed and trained, even muscles whose nerves are not active. This results in a better blood circulation, in addition, an activation of the digestion takes place. While using the Seated Segway, the pressure distribution on the seat also varies, so that a better blood circulation takes place here too, which can even prevent pressure ulcers.

Injury prevention

Because weight transfer from the upper body is used as the drive in a Seated Segway, the arms are only used to operate the steering wheel. As a result, there is no load on the arms and shoulders and known structural injuries are prevented. Shoulder complaints in particular are a major problem among wheelchair users, resulting in a lot of pain and sometimes even surgical interventions. Using a Seated Segway can prevent these problems. In addition, a Seated Segway is an ideal aid to use in rehabilitation or recovery.

Is it possible to lease or finance a Seated Segway wheelchair?

There are different types of funding. In the Netherlands we work with a partner who does this for us. You will do a screening like any other finance company and then it will be determined if it is actually possible. Contact us for more information.

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Our range consists of different models of active Seated Segways, but new in our range is the iBOT, a unique electric wheelchair that goes further than the Seated Segway.

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