Therapy Chairs- Patient Comfort
This is the most important role of a therapy chair. Patients may be sitting for some considerable time during treatment and have limited mobility. Therefore it is paramount that the therapy chair is as comfortable as possible and big enough to allow changes in position.
The ability to alter the position of the various sections of the chair, easily and electronically to enable release of pressure points is of great benefit to patients.
The more motors the chair has means the more individual adjustment you can get of each segment
The chair should have electrical adjustment of the back segment – allowing the patient to recline or sit up with ease. Whilst electrical adjustment of the sitting segment means the patient can alter the pressure points from the seat area – tilting forwards or backwards.
If the leg segment can be adjusted it allows for movement up or down of the legs, sometimes relieving restless legs, or improving blood flow, reducing cramp.
Electrical adjustment of the foot rest allows the patient to bring the foot rest up or down to enable them to push against it to readjust their position in the chair independently
The ability to adjust the neck pillow or head segment can be of benefit in reducing neck ache
A low entrance option is of great value where there are elderly patients or those with poor mobility. It means a wheelchair can be placed next to the chair and the patient can use a PAT slide to gain access to the chair, easily & safely. The reduced entry height makes entry much easier for more elderly patients.
The ability to offer a variety of upholstery options can be of value as this gives more choice in terms of pressure relief and support. For example Bionic offer Standard Upholstery, or Visco Elastic , and Sprung Core