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:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Wheelchair Accessible Escalator??

Am I the only one who has never heard of a wheelchair accessible escalator?? Sometimes technology takes me by surprise. Is this wheelchair accessible escalator only available in Japan? This is pretty cool:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Camera Operator: Great Job For A Wheelchair User

Stanely Kubrick used a specially modified wheelchair to shoot The Shining and Clockwork Orange, as can be read in this article. Apparently, the wheelchair enables a very steady shot when filming moving objects, like the little boy riding his big wheel tricycle in The Shining. This video shows Bangkok through the lens of a wheelchair mounted camera and camera operators who were trained in a four hour workshop. Not bad results:

BANGKOK in MOTION [English text] from Jimmie Wing on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What Do Asian Wheelchair Users Do About Dirty Wheelchair Tires?

Jenny Hones is a Japanese American blogger writing about Asian culture, lifestyle and interior design. One of her posts entitled "The Asian Custom of Removing Shoes at the Door" attracted my attention. In that post Jenny explained the history of the custom and why it applied long ago and why it is still followed today.

I wrote to Jenny and asked her how that custom applied to Asian wheelchair users. Since the wheels of a wheelchair user are like feet, I asked Jenny what do Asian wheelchair users do when entering the house? Jenny said that she did not know.  But she told me that she was working on an interior design at Asian nursing home and she would ask. I told Jenny about RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers and Wheelchair Socks.  As I suspected, no one at the Nursing home had any idea about what kind of solutions were available for wheelchair users and they had never heard of RehaDesign Slippers and Socks.

So, Jenny offered to help spread the word and she did as she promised by writing this wonderful article on her blog called "If We Remove Shoes in the House, Why Not Add Covers for Wheelchairs??" It is a well written article. Thank you very much Jenny!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wheelchair Hand Rim Covers In All The Colors Of The Rainbow : Make Your Wheelchair Go From Bland to Beautiful

Are your wheelchair handrims scratched and ugly? Is it uncomfortable pushing against cold, hard aluminum wheelchair hand rims? Are you looking for a better grip when pushing on your wheelchair hand rims? Colorful Ultra-Grrrip Handrim Covers by RehaDesign will not only making pushing on your wheelchair handrims more comfortable and more efficient, they will also make your wheelchair go from bland to beautiful. RehaDesign Ultra-Grrrip Wheelchair HandRim covers go on easily in seconds as can be seen from the demonstration video below:
These hand rim covers are much more comfortable to the touch than hard, cold aluminum, which can be hot in the summer and cold in the winter. And the the traction is amazing! Paraplegics and people with no hand mobility issues will enjoy the increased performance offered by Ultra-Grrrip hand rim covers. People with hand mobility issues, like quadriplegics / tetraplegics should consider Groovy handrim covers. Groovy hand rim covers have treads in them, which dramatically increase the surface area of the cover.
Want to give your wheelchair bling? Select an eye-popping color for your covers, like purple or pink. Ultra-Grrrip Hand Rim Covers are available in six attractive colors plus black! With so many options you can personalize your wheelchair and make it perform better too!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols : FREE!

I enjoy listening to many Christmas Carols free courtesy of YouTube. So, I decided to put together a collection of my favorite. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do:

1. The first time I heard Callie & Colette sing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen I was stunned. I have heard this song hundreds of times. But it was never as beautiful as this. The way these sisters harmonize in this song, it is just magical:

2. The Drifter's version of White Christmas is my all time favorite. But this animation with Santa's and Rudolf's solos just bring a smile to my face.

3. Rascal Flatts' acapella version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" makes you feel the sadness of someone away from home for Christmas

4. My six year old loves this version of Jingle Bells. He has enjoyed it every year for the past three years and I am certain he will enjoy it many years to come

5. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

6. Elvis Presley- Blue Christmas is a classic

7. Celtic women O Holy Night

8 Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song" Also known as Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire, is probably the first song I think of when I think of Christmas music.

9. Little Drummer Boy: Honestly, I have only heard this version this year. But it is now one of my favorites.

10 Jingle Bell Rock: Bobby Helms originally sang this song, but this is the best Youtube version I can find.