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User goes down a short flight of stairs without a handrail, filmed by Madeleine Stenius, Rehab Station Stockholm (film)

User goes down a short flight of stairs without a handrail. Photo Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm
User goes down a short flight of stairs without a handrail. Photo Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm



User goes down a long flight of stairs without a handrail, filmed by Madeleine Stenius, Rehab Station Stockholm (film)

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Go down a flight of stairs without handrail in a wheelchair

Technique for people with strong arms

Description
The user drives up to the flight of stairs and balances on the rear wheels. He places his hands far back with a strong grip on the push rims. Just when the push rims are on the way down to the next step, the wheelchair is tilted backwards, which moves the center of gravity backwards and downwards. He secures the wheelchair against the edge. When he lands on the step, the center of gravity is behind the plumb line of the drive wheel. A hard grip on the rims secures the wheelchair into position and locks the tires against the edge. Once he lands firmly on the step he corrects the position of the wheelchair by lowering the balance position and sliding back with his hands.

Description of technique according to the book ‘Drivkraft’ [Driving force] by Ake Norsten, see below.

Authors comments
For a description of more driving techniques, see the book ‘Drivkraft körergononmi, rullstolsteknik & metodik’ [Driving force driving ergonomics, wheelchair techniques and methods] by Åke Norsten (in Swedisch).
May be ordered from Spinalis, Rehabstation Stockholm via the Rehabstation website, www.rehabstation.se (last checked July 2017).

Editors comments
NOTE! Mastering this technique requires a lot of practice under supervision.

Tip is dated from 2011

Categories for this tip
mobility » moving around by wheelchair, Tips and tricks from people with Motor incomplete paraplegia ( Th2-S1, ASIA C, D).

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2 comments:

  1. Hello, i am working on sitnetg up a website which deals with stairs and related things is it possible to post a small picture under to show your great handrail? I will set a link to this article and post a small version of the picture if it is allright for you?! Thanks and have a nice day!
    #4839# comment 2013-01-15
  2. Please contact Spinalistips through spinalistips@spinalis.se
    #4861# comment 2013-01-17

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