Most manual wheelchairs are used as mobility aids and are self-propelled. Manual wheelchairs are propelled by turning the wheels by hand usually by pushing on the round bars that surround the wheels called the “push rim.” There are also handles on the back so it can be pushed by another person. When using a manual wheelchair, users can wear fingerless gloves, much like weightlifters, as a way to protect themselves from dirt and injury.
The mechanical workings of the manual wheelchair vary and are continually updated. However, most manual wheelchairs have a similar overall design. The basic manual wheelchair parts include push handles, rear wheels with the push rim attached, brake for the rear wheel, an anti-tip bar, and castor wheels. The castor wheels on the wheelchair are often overlooked but important part of the manual wheelchair. They make it easy for the wheelchair to maneuver. Also, a basic manual wheelchair will include a backrest, armrest, a cushion seat frame, and a calf strap footplate.
Here are a few tips as to how to work and operate a manual wheelchair:
Manual wheelchairs work fairly easily. By understanding how they work, you can see if this chair is for you. Since this is a self-propelled chair with the use of your limbs or with the assistance of a companion, there is a bit of effort needed to maneuver oneself around. This wheelchair is and has been one of the more popular designs for years.