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    Armrests. What's the deal here?

    I have a few friends and family that are in manual and power chairs. I have noticed that some of their chairs have moulded armrests, whereas others have straight up bars and some just plain padding. So the question is, are armrests just down to personal preference or do they actually serve a medical purpose? Because my uni friend doesn't have them at all, he says they just get in his way. It will be interesting what is said about this.

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    I have a manual wheelchair that doesn't normally come with arm rests as it's for 'active users' e.g. they use their arms to roll their wheels.

    I have only one arm that works and I do lean to one side. The armrests have a few functions.

    1 I lean on one arm that keeps me more upright.
    2 I can use the arms to raise myself into a standing position.
    3 I attach a 'joystick' to one arm rest as my wheelchair is a hybrid electric wheelchair with an add-on motor

    So arm rests are multifunctional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighttouch View Post
    I have a manual wheelchair that doesn't normally come with arm rests as it's for 'active users' e.g. they use their arms to roll their wheels.

    I have only one arm that works and I do lean to one side. The armrests have a few functions.

    1 I lean on one arm that keeps me more upright.
    2 I can use the arms to raise myself into a standing position.
    3 I attach a 'joystick' to one arm rest as my wheelchair is a hybrid electric wheelchair with an add-on motor

    So arm rests are multifunctional.
    I agree 100%, I would never buy or use a wheelchair without arms, even the scooter I use has arms on it. People forget you are not always moving in a Chair or scooter, you can be sitting quite still for quite some time and Arm Rests are essential to rest your arm on.

    As a Add on Light I now have my Accessible Shower fitted and it is fantastic.
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    You have a shower fitted to your scooter????

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    Haha Stree, that was an off-topic remark.

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    Back on-topic (I think) the arms on my manual chair are removable, and as I'm not confined to the chair so have no issues with needing to keep my arms rested, I've removed them and find the chair far more comfortable.

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    Light, does that mean that your armrest is a moulded one? Why doesn't everyone have a moulded one, I would have thought it would be much more comfortable, right?

    But then biscuitgazer, you just take yours off, what about when you just want to chill. Where do you put your arms, or is it for posture reasons with a manual chair?

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    I've taken mine off too, only disadvantage to that is that in this weather trousers get muddy occasionally. I think I'm going to make some low profile barriers just to stop my work trousers being directly adjacent to the wheels. Hadn't really thought about where to put my arms, I think I rest them either on the desk, on the wheels or in my lap

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    You can buy clothes guards for just that reason; they are not as high as armrests but just protect you from the wheels. Might be a problem if you transfer sideways across the chair, although they lift out. I assume they're made to fit individual chair models so check website for your chair.

    I imagine most people who self propel dont like armrests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stree View Post
    You have a shower fitted to your scooter????
    that be REALLY worth seeing, stree!! i reckon self- propellers tend to get rid of excess weight, so feet rests, arm rests,a full back rest becomes less important.
    For me back rest and arm rest is important cuz otherwise I'd sit badly and end up with backache!!

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