Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Rare genetic disorder didn't stop her from becoming a passionate and attractive dancer

Burlesque performer from Baltimore, Maryland - Jacqueline Boxx, was teaching dance classes when she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - the rare and incurable condition makes her joints susceptible to dislocation. And Jacqueline decided to continue performing – even being in a wheelchair.

When the dancer was diagnosed and told that she won't be able to dance anymore, Jacqueline still decided to devote her passion to burlesque. In this video: she tells the story and talks about how she loves her body and her disability being the new ability.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gel-Palm Wheelchair Gloves, Anyone?! =)

Written by Twinstincts

Hello my fellow mobility challenged yet exceptionally positive readers! Have I got a solution for you...I received a pair of RehaDesign Gel-Palm wheelchair gloves in exchange for my honest review.  I was super excited to give these gloves a legitimately challenging demo pushing myself in my first 5k benefiting disabled veterans.  I absolutely loved the two genius loops on each glove to aid in easy removal! Unfortunately, I found the gloves to be too wide for my slender hands and this caused the gel palm to bunch up making it difficult to grip my rims. I was happy the medium size was long enough to accommodate my thumb though because I learned from a previous purchase of the size small RehaDesign Ultra-Grrrip wheelchair gloves, the width was perfect but the thumb was too small and jammed my thumbnail into my finger with each push. My solution...I cut the tips of the thumbs off with a pair of scissors and they are now my go-to gloves and managed to get me through my 5k without any blisters or pain! Yay!

Along my 5k journey, I came across another manual wheelchair user who was struggling to self-propel due to obvious pain in his hands.  I reached into my backpack and give him the RehaDesign Gel-Palm gloves which didn't suit my hands, and he was quite thrilled!  Off he went and pulled way ahead of me but I took great joy in knowing I had aided a disabled vet in conquering his dream of completing a 5k on his own! is good and it pays to pay it forward...don't ever forget that!

In conclusion, if you have wider hands, absolutely get yourself a pair of the Gel-Palm gloves but if you have narrow hands, spoil yourself with the Ultra-Grrrip wheelchair gloves from RehaDesign! Here is the web link:

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my experiences with you and I'm not sure when or if I'll be able to post again but it has truly been a pleasure! Have a fantastic summer and, although it can certainly be difficult at times, be thankful for the challenges you face because it means you are still blessed with this wonderful life we've been given! XOXO

RehaDesign Gel-Palm Wheelchair Gloves

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Slippery Push Rim Solution!

Written by Twinstincts

Although over the years I had maneuvered in and out of restrooms and occasionally wheeled myself around department stores and such, it hadn’t even crossed my mind to go for a “walk” with my husband and our dogs around the block.  This brought about a whole new challenge…regardless of the textured Hatch wheelchair gloves I was using, I could NOT manage to get a grip on the push rims to propel myself up the slight incline; even worse, I was unable to stop myself from racing along what I would have thought to be a minimal-for-walking-folks slope grade.  Thank goodness my husband was there to grab my wheelchair and keep it from careening down any farther and dumping me onto the pavement once it hit level ground!  

When we finally returned home, I was determined to find a reasonable solution (my husband advised against me sanding the push rims to rough them up LOL!) I was certain countless others were challenged with the following: basic push rims which looked really smooth and pretty (by manufacturer’s standards) but were not the least bit functional in real life…us wheelchair users need grip, people!  I called many local mobility supply shops and they suggested a new pair of gloves.  Ha!  I knew that would not be remotely enough and thankfully stumbled upon the RehaDesign Ultra-Grrrip Pushrim Covers.  I reached out to RehaDesign with some questions I had and was incredibly grateful for the sincerity and promptness Galina responded with.  Now those are two qualities I look for when doing business with someone but rarely find!  

These covers were just the miracle I was in search of and will absolutely be life-altering.  I haven’t even had them on for a week and am already in love!  What seems like such a simple solution is extremely difficult to come by and completely unknown in the mobility supply world here in the western United States.  I feel a sense of obligation to my fellow wheelchair-using community to get the word out…there IS indeed a reasonably priced and super simple solution to gaining the ability to safely venture out unassisted and start living life.  Freedom…we’re comin’ for ya!  Here’s to a whole new realm of possibilities we never dreamt were feasible!  I would give Galina a great big hug if I could!  Next step…spreading the excitement for and functionality of RehaDesign’s covers!  Give your wheelchair a little pizzazz like I did and purchase at!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Promise of the new research - Virtual technologies beat paralysis

Virtual reality (VR) is now playing an important role in helping paralyzed people regain their sensation and muscle control. People with spinal cord injuries, strokes and other conditions, regain strength and mobility.
Medical Center of the Duke University in North Carolina published a medical study edition of Scientific Reports, in August 11, 2016. The study involved eight people paralyzed from injuries to the spinal cord. They utilized brain-machine interfaces, which included a VR system using their brain activity. The system attempted to simulate patients' control of the legs.
Until now, it was impossible to recover certain functions in a patient after being completely paralysed for many years. After using VR technology patients regained significant sensation and muscle control. The study proved that VR could help people with spinal cord injuries, as well as strokes and other conditions, to regain strength and mobility.
The results of the study are impressing - some patients who were unable to stand up, paralysed for decades were able to walk using a walker, braces and an assisting therapist during the study. With weekly training, patients could be able to re-engage their spinal cord nerves. By the end of the study, they could move their legs voluntarily and support their body weight in a harness.

For more information: press here

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Introducing Twinstincts: Let Freedom Ring!

WheelchairPride is excited to introduce a guest blogger going under the nickname of Twinstincts . She has a warm charming personality and some experiences and thoughts to share with all of you. Enjoy reading her posts and let us know what you think!
Written by Twinstincts

Hello, my fellow mobility challenged community! This is the start of a wonderful opportunity to communicate with all of you. We will be exploring topics relating to the realities of living life dealing with mobility constraints. Allow me to introduce myself. I am an identical twin who became disabled immediately following my hospitalization after my 30th birthday almost ten years ago. My twin sister has been disabled for about one and a half years now. As I’ve helped her navigate through the many challenges of relying upon mobility devices to get through this new life she’s living, I’ve come to desire more freedom and independence for myself. What a wonderful surprise that revelation has been! Unlike her, I have been blessed with a super supportive husband by my side throughout the entire transition from loving my career in the medical field to being stuck at home no longer having the ability to venture out on my own.  

I initially purchased a $200 wheelchair via the internet thinking my condition was only temporary. Two years later, I upgraded to a customized manual Invacare MVP wheelchair. Wow, did I think my new set of wheels was fab! Over the years, I relied heavily upon my husband to get the chair in and out of the car and push me from place to place. I constantly found myself extremely uncomfortable with the darn push handles digging into my shoulders as well as many other issues factoring into my discomfort and pain. I’m also not able to open and close my folding wheelchair without assistance. After spending some time with my sis and seeing the freedom her Pride Go Go afforded her once she had her lift installed on her vehicle, I was craving a solution to offer me that level of independence. Thanks Sis! And so the journey to exploring new assisted mobility device options began! I will be happy to share more details with you in my further posts.

     I appreciate you all taking the time to get to know me a bit and look forward to exploring subjects regarding stories of triumph, struggles, solutions, etc in the future. This is the perfect platform to rally around one another as we navigate through this wonderful life we’ve been given, albeit mighty frustrating at times. Here’s to you and remember…this life is what you choose to make of it day by day! I'm not sure exactly how often I'll be able to post but I will always welcome input in the comments box below. Please bear with me as this is the start of my blogging adventure! (FYI, my six-year-old niece coined the term "Twinstincts"...Twins with instincts! I sure thought it was pretty clever!)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Spinal Stimulator: helping paralized patients to regain mobility

Motorcycle lover Gomez Brian broke his neck in an accident six years ago. Last year, June 2016, he became one of the first patients to undergo a special surgery to enable him to move his hands. It was performed by Ronald Reagan Medical Center Doctors (LA). A 32-electrode spinal simulator was implanted below Brian's spinal-cord injury, in the middle of his neck,the area correlated to the loss of function and feeling of the limbs. The team from Ronald Reagan Medical Center have performed the very first implant medical procedure of this kind on two spinal-cord injury patients. The results were good and the growth of the mobility of the fingers was noticed. The strenght of the grip increased up to 300 percent. And that is a lot!
We know, that the spine has the pathways for information from our brain to the limbs. The spinal stimulator is helping the spinal cord to find and use these pathways. And it is a unique effective technology as the device is implanted in the spine instead of the brain. The electrical stimulation is used in order to recover the abilities of standing, moving hands and legs.

Please watch this video to find out more details about this promissing technology.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Georgia State Tennis Championship

Wheelchair sports is one of our favorite topics and today we would like to say a couple words about wheelchair tennis and our support for a wheelchair tennis competition we provided a while ago.

Wheelchair tennis is that kind of game, where the size of courts, balls, rackets are the same as in usual tennis, but the athletes are sitting in wheelchairs.
Wheelchair tennis is well known since 1970s when the competitive wheelchair tennis tournaments have started and the wheelchair tennis programme occurred.
Now, the disabled people can also participate in this sport and even be a part of Paralympics since 1980s.

RehaDesign wheelchair accessories has recently sponsored prizes for participants of wheelchair tennis competition: Georgia State Tennis Championship which is an yearly event attended by many athletes. We worked with Sharon Greiner, president of the Southern Crescent Tennis Association who requested some prizes from our wheelchair accessory line such as RehaDesign Ultra-Grrrip Wheelchair GlovesRehaDesign Strap N Roll Wheelchair Gloves and the RehaDesign Gator Wheelchair Gloves. Also, wheelchair users had fun with our Wunderglow Wheelchair Lights!

‘‘While tennis is a big part of the player's lives, it's obviously not the only thing that they do. When they arrive at the tennis court, it is in their regular chair and then they transfer to the sport chair. RehaDesign products were the idea of being able to expose the players to some products they haven't seen before.’’ said Sharon Greiner, president of the Southern Crescent Tennis Association. “I am very thankful for all the sponsors' support”.

Here is what participants said about the Georgia State Championship:
John Rogers - What great job everyone did creating a wonderful tennis weekend.

Buddy  Mays - Had a great time at the tournament you guys held in Peachtree City because we all know how life changing adaptive sports can be for wheelchair users(saved my life) plus to get the cool gear from the raffles and player bags were a big plus. Very useful stuff and appreciated by all I'm sure I know my stuff was. Thanks again for a great tournament all around.

Stacey Rice - Thanks for all the time and energy you put into making this tournament a huge success! Fun times! Looking forward to next year!

Jennifer Speer - Thank you so much for your support of the Peachtree City wheelchair tennis tournament. It was great competition and so much fun. It's always nice to be around such a great group of people. A wonderful weekend!

Check out Georgia State Championship here and check our RehaDesign wheelchair accessories here.

Monday, October 24, 2016

RehaDesign Wheelchair Pushrim Covers

Every wheelchair user is looking for ways to improve the grip and speed of their wheelchair. Slippery push rims and pushing your wheelchair up the hill are just some of the common issues. Take a look at this video demonstrating RehaDesign push rim covers. They easily go on top of the push rims and fit like second skin, the push rim covers are rubbery to the touch but are silicone free and they come in various bright colors to brighten up your wheelchair.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Wheelchair Push Rim Covers - Improve Grip, Help Protect Hands and Style Your Chair

Many wheelchair users experience problems when pushing their wheelchair.  For many people, especially those with hand mobility limitations, the push rims can be too slick even when using wheelchair gloves. In addition, many find that the push rims can get extremely cold in the winter or hot in the summer. Others can find that constant impact against the hand rims can cause discomfort or outright pain.

The solution to all these issues is putting special covers on the push rims - wheelchair push rim covers. Push Rim Covers can be made from silicone, rubber, or PVC. RehaDesign Push rim covers are made from with a special material which feels rubbery to the touch and dramatically increases the grip on the pushrims. Push Rim Covers fit on the push rim like second skin. They are very easy to put on the rims and those who do not have hand mobility limitations can do it without assistance.

Having RehaDesign push rim covers on the wheels dramatically improves the grip and traction when going uphill or downhill. Some people prefer to use push rim covers in combination with wheelchair gloves, such as RehaDesign Ultra Grrrip Wheelchair gloves when rolling the wheelchair outside to provide more protection to the hands and prevent "burning" when stopping the wheelchair at high speed. Yet many find that the push rim covers can be used without gloves.
Many people find that pushing wheelchair on carpeted surface can require additional effort and can be very tiring. Push rim covers help with this as well.

It is also a great solution for the times when you don't want to use wheelchair gloves, for example when you are at home. In addition, a lot of people find that having push rim covers protects their hands from cold or hot push rims in various weather.

Finally push rim covers are a great way to cover up any scratches you have on your push rims and make them look like new! It is also a fast and inexpensive way to style up your chair! RehaDesign Push Rim Covers come in six bright colors to brighten up your wheels and your mood. Choose between: red, purple, green, blue, yellow, and pink.

Watch this video review of RehaDesign Ultra Grrrip Push Rim Covers

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Monday, April 4, 2016

How To Choose A Manual Wheelchair

This is an amazingly well done video about how to choose a manual wheelchair. What seems to be missing is pros and cons of folding versus rigid frame wheelchair. Rigid wheelchairs are usually lighter and perform better, because folding wheelchairs have more parts which add weight and the possibility of vibration and movement. But many people prefer the convenience of folding chairs and not having to take the wheels off to put it in the car trunk. Due to convenience, folding wheelchairs are more frequently purchased. But long term wheelchair users generally prefer rigid wheelchairs. For other options, watch this video: