Monday, December 19, 2011

Lift Chairs and Muscular Dystrophy

If you suffer from muscular dystrophy than some of even the most remedial chores can be excruciatingly painful and hard. Muscular dystrophy can lead to decreased balance, frequent falls, and difficulty sitting or standing. Things that, to those without disability, seem so simple, like getting out of the recliner to go to the bathroom, can be extremely hard. Rather than having to hire a live in nurse or personal aid, a lift chair can provide a valuable service to those with muscular dystrophy.

Most lift chairs utilize a motor to raise and lower the cushioned portion of the chair. At the push of a button the user is raised or lowered and can literally be on their feet in a matter of a few seconds with no outside assistance. By using the attached remote control you can push a button and do what once was impossible and stand by yourself.

You should generally only buy new lift chairs, unless you really know the person it is coming from. Other wise you will likely just end up with someone else’s worn out problem. You may save a little money up front, but if you end up having to replace the motor, or even just put up with marred and soiled fabric, than you are really doing yourself a disservice. In the case of a worn out motor you are also likely to end up paying more for the used chair than if you had just bought one new.  You should also steer clear of lift chairs that use springs instead of an electric motor to lift you out of the chair. Often when looking online you may find an extremely discounted lift chair that uses the spring method to raise the seat. The spring method is extremely unsafe because of the way it can shoot and jerk the individual into a standing position.

If you suffer from muscular dystrophy or any other disability that makes it hard to stand or sit than a lift chair is for you. Lift chairs can literally change you way of life and allow you to concentrate on the more important things in life like friends and family.

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