Go up a curb in a wheelchair

Technique for people with strong arms


User drives up a curb

The user drives up to the curb. Just before the foot reaches the edge he lifts the castors a little bit over the edge. He slides his hands back on the push rims while bending his upper body forward. Then he presses the push rims forward and when he is up with all four wheels, he raises his upper body again.

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

Users 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. The book is available in Swedish and may be ordered from Spinalis, Rehabstation Stockholm via the Rehabstation website, www.rehabstation.se (last checked July 2017).

User drives up a curb
User drives up a curb

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Stafan livs in an apartment. He is working full time. Since birth he has low paraplegia. No assistance.