What Is the Correct Seat Height for a Manual Wheelchair


There isn’t one correct seat height for every user, rather each user has a correct seat height according to their body measurements.

How to measure the correct seat height

There are two ways to work out the ideal seat height for the most effective seat propel;

  1. The first method (Figure 1) is to have the user put their hand directly above the push rim; the elbow should be around 100-120 degrees. This method is usually used in a clinical setting and is not easy to implement in a store setting. 
  2. Alternatively, have the user hang their arms down naturally on both sides of the wheelchair (Figure 2). The middle fingertip should not overlap the rear wheel axle. 

When you adjust the rear wheels, make sure to adjust the position of the brake accordingly.

A full spectrum of what adjustments can be made to the rear wheel and what effect it has on the user can be read here. Not all wheelchairs have the ability to adjust the rear wheel axel so keep that in mind when choosing a wheelchair. 

We’re here to help

You might need to find the best adjustable manual wheelchair first as not ever wheelchair can be adjusted. With the correct rear wheel axle position, wheelchair adjustments, and proper propelling methods after training, the best wheel propelling can be achieved, and the probability of Repetitive Strain Injuries reduced. KARMA Malaysia is always here to assist. Talk to a KARMA representative today! 

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