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Antique Wheelchair Models – by Emmanuel Aubrey

No Comments 25 November 2009

The chair and the wheel were two of man’s earliest inventions, dating back to 4000 B.C. The first evidence of combining wheels with furniture was a Greek wheeled baby-bed, built in 530 B.C. It was not until 1595 that an actual wheelchair was invented. This antique wheelchair was used by King Phillip II of Spain.
Vintage Wheelchairs

Another antique wheelchair was built by a 22-year-old paraplegic in 1655. In 1783, another wheelchair was built in Bath, England, by John Dawson. This wheelchair had two lare wheels in the back and a smaller one in front. It was used at a large scale during the 19th century.

Later on, the comfort of the handicapped persons became more important. Therefore, an 18th century antique wheelchair had adjustable footrests and a reclining back.

There’s a high probability that the first bycicles were inspired by antique wheelchair models. However, the invention of bycicles had a big influence on the wheelchair development. It led to the replacement of the wooden wheels with iron wheels and to the adding of rubber tires.

The first motorized antique wheelchair was built in London in 1916.

Later on, lightweight wheelchairs made from Indian reed started to be produced. These vintage wheelchairs weighed about 58 lbs. However, the first wheelchair that looked alike the ones you can find today was built in 1932 by Henry Jennings for a paraplegic friend. This was a folding metal antique wheelchair.
Collectible Wheelchairs: The Wheelchair Foundation Gallery

This gallery, open in December 2001 at the Blackhawk Museum, displays many antique wheelchair models. The old classic pieces are displayed together with sophisticated contemporary models. The museum is seeking donations of collectible wheelchairs and other interesting mobility devices in order to enrich the gallery collection.
If your intrested in antiques the Blackhawk museum would be a great place to visit these chairs can be used for many diffrent purposes like for a prop in a movie or play if you are a collector, a chair could be worth a couple thousand dollars. When Looking to purchase an antique you should always make sure you are getting what you pay for, because you may often end up with a new model made to look old. Wheelchairs have been around for centurys but yet have changed through the years to become better and more relevant for today, this is one way of seeing how we as humans have progressed to the state that we are now. I sometimes wonder why I or others pay so much money for something so old but then i realize im holding on to the past to learn from it and to grow plus it preety cool to have something that nobody else has.If your looking for an antique wheelchair do me a favor and do the research before you buy it.

Emmanuel Aubrey
Antique Collector
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Announcing the Spazz-G, by Colours Wheelchairs: No Compromise Necessary – by Dr. Gene Emmer

No Comments 25 November 2009

Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Corona, California: Ultra-Light, Ultra-Hip, Ultra-Adjustable, Ultra-Durable, Ultra-Affordable, Ultra-Stylish, Ultra-COLOURS. The thought of a stylish and affordable wheelchair has been considered by many to be beyond dreams. Now Colours has changed this. The new SPAZZ-G is not only a totally adjustable and stylish wheelchair, but with a suggested retail price of only $1,450.00 in the USA and approximately euro1450 in Europe (final price to be determined) it is priced to be fully covered by most world-wide health payment plans.

The SPAZZ-G features expandable seat width and depth, as well as adjustable positioning. The contoured frame is designed to be not only stylish, but also practical since it is easy to pull into the car and over the steering wheel. At 19 lbs (8.6 kg), including wheels, it is sleek, lightweight and easy to lift.

The SPAZZ-G has a main rigid axle tube that gives durability, rigidity and support. It has positive locking adjustable backrest, offering a full range of infinite backrest angle settings.

But best of all, it is not one of those mass produced, ordinary wheelchairs. The SPAZZ-G is different, because it’s a Colours Wheelchair. Celebrate life in a Colours Wheelchair.

About Colours:
Colours is a leader in the rehabilitation industry for its design of innovative everyday, sport and pediatric wheelchairs. Colours’ wheelchairs are lightweight, adjustable and customizable. At 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg) the custom-designed Zephyr (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_zephyr.htm) is one of the lightest wheelchairs on the market.
The Boing! (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_boing.htm) is the first wheelchair with four-wheel independent suspension. For more information: www.ColoursWheelchair.com. Colours is now expanding in Europe! European distributors interested in distributing Colours Wheelchairs are encouraged to contact Med Services Europe, Colours’ European representative.

About Med Services Europe:
Med Services Europe B.V. is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and conducts Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Equipment Industry. Med Services’ specializes in building and managing distribution networks for medical manufacturers in Eastern and Western Europe. We are Colours’ Representative in Europe. European Wheelchair distributors are invited to contact us. www.MedServicesEurope.com Telephone: +31648566707

Dr. Emmer is President of Med Services Europe. We do Business Development for the Medical industry.

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Announcing the Spazz-G by Colours Wheelchairs No Compromise Necessary – by Gene Emmer

No Comments 25 November 2009

Colours ‘N Motion announces a ‘breakthrough’ wheelchair: The Spazz G. Designed to be lightweight, stylish and affordable, the Spazz G is the next innovation by Colours. Corona, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 1, 2005 — Ultra-Light, Ultra-Hip, Ultra-Adjustable, Ultra-Durable, Ultra-Affordable, Ultra-Stylish, Ultra-COLOURS. The thought of a stylish and affordable wheelchair has been considered by many to be beyond dreams. Now Colours has changed this. The new SPAZZ-G is not only a totally adjustable and stylish wheelchair, but with a suggested retail price of only $1,450.00 in the USA and approximately euro1450 in Europe (final price to be determined) it is priced to be fully covered by most world-wide health payment plans. The SPAZZ-G features expandable seat width and depth, as well as adjustable positioning. The contoured frame is designed to be not only stylish, but also practical since it is easy to pull into the car and over the steering wheel. At 19 lbs (8.6 kg), including wheels, it is sleek, lightweight and easy to lift. The SPAZZ-G has a main rigid axle tube that gives durability, rigidity and support. It has positive locking adjustable backrest, offering a full range of infinite backrest angle settings. But best of all, it is not one of those mass produced, ordinary wheelchairs. The SPAZZ-G is different, because it’s a Colours Wheelchair. Celebrate life in a Colours Wheelchair. About Colours: Colours is a leader in the rehabilitation industry for its design of innovative everyday, sport and pediatric wheelchairs. Colours’ wheelchairs are lightweight, adjustable and customizable. At 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg) the custom-designed Zephyr (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_zephyr.htm) is one of the lightest wheelchairs on the market. The Boing! (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_boing.htm) is the first wheelchair with four-wheel independent suspension. For more information: www.ColoursWheelchair.com. Colours is now expanding in Europe. European distributors interested in distributing Colours Wheelchairs are encouraged to contact Med Services Europe, Colours’ European representative. About Med Services Europe: Med Services Europe B.V. is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and conducts Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Equipment Industry. Med Services’ specializes in building and managing distribution networks for medical manufacturers in Eastern and Western Europe. We are Colours’ Representative in Europe. European Wheelchair distributors are invited to contact us. www.MedServicesEurope.com Telephone: +31648566707

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Why Buy an Adjustable Bed? – by Nicole Martins

No Comments 25 November 2009

Spending the night awake or waking up feeling sore certainly takes the joy out of sleeping. And since we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed sleeping or trying to do so, a comfortable mattress and bed is essential.

If you’re like most people, you are probably most familiar sleeping on a flat bed containing bed frame and mattress. You shop carefully for a mattress, making sure to test drive before buying, and make a decision based on how comfortable the mattress feels when you’re lying down on it. There really is no “best mattress” as this is subjective. Best is what works for you. see: http://www.wheelchair-ramps-and-mobility-aids.com/adjustable-bed-mattresses.htm

However, there are limitations to a regular mattress, and this quite simply is because human beings are designed with contours that a flat bed cannot support. For example, our spines are S shaped and our legs have curves. When you lie on your back these gaps or contours on a flat bed are not supported, which keeps your muscles working and tense.

Take lying down to another level and you’re looking at an adjustable bed which adjusts into countless positions, even positions that support your curves while lying on your back. (Craftmatic beds 1001 positions). It is for this reason that many people prefer adjustable beds. And, many people choose adjustable beds for health reasons.

Health Reasons

Take for example, elevating the upper body to help reduce acid reflux and heartburn. (The elevated position allows gravity to keep stomach acid from flowing up into the esophagus.) Another example: elevating the legs to reduce edema or swelling in the lower legs.

Comfort and relaxation are other benefits. Depending upon brand and model you can select options or special features like: massage and heat.

Mattress/bed sizes include: single, double/queen and king, and you can look for “Dual” queen or king beds, which are two separate side-by-side adjustable mattresses, ideal for a couple who recline and sleep in different positions.

If you are looking to buy an adjustable bed take a look at some of the trusted brands; Craftmatic, Sealy, Simmons, Serta, Sleep Comfort and Flex-A-Bed are best known. Some manufacturers, (Sleep Comfort) allow a 90-Day home trial & money-back guarantee as well as a 90 day firmness swap out. However, this is not standard. Make sure to take your time and get to know the differences before buying. This will not only bring you comfort, it will help you to get a good night sleep!

About the author: Nicole Martins, a contributing writer to Wheelchair Ramps and Mobility Aids, is finally getting some sleep. Read more about adjustable beds or visit this site at: http://www.wheelchair-ramps-and-mobility-aids.com/adjustable-beds.htm

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Health Benifits of the Adjustable Bed – by Robert

No Comments 25 November 2009

Discover if Electric Adjustable Beds Actually Provide any Health Benefits or Not

Every person needs a good and restful sleep. In the end, we spend one third of our lives in bed. So wouldn’t it be wise to make sure that we get a comfortable sleep during the night?

Of course it would.

But you’d be amazed if you knew how many people are sleeping on uncomfortable beds and still do not do anything about it. They complain about various aches they have in the morning and still sleep on regular, many times old, flat beds and mattresses.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

When there are so many adjustable beds of all shapes and sizes on the market out there, it’s definitely not worth keeping your old bed and continue to worsen your health. Don’t you agree?

Sure, but here comes a question: Can electric adjustable beds actually deliver what they promise?”

We have heard many stories about adjustable beds. Many people say that electric adjustable beds have significantly reduced the back or neck-pain that they had. Some say they do not feel any swollen legs or feet anymore.

Let’s see if electric beds can actually help you.

Health Benefits of Electric Adjustable Beds

When sleeping on flat beds, your body is in tension. Our bodies are not flat, they’re curved. So when your body sleeps on flat bed, it feels discomfort, because it can’t normally adjust to the bed.

So how adjustable beds are different?

First of all, adjustable beds can be adjusted. You can increase the incline angle of electric adjustable bed right under the head. So your neck will be in more appropriate position. Second, if you pick quality mattress, like memory foam mattress, your body won’t even need to adjust to the bed. Memory foam mattress will automatically adjust to your body. So you won’t feel any discomfort and your body will lie in more natural position.

This can significantly reduce back pain, neck pain, shoulder tension, pelvic aches.

Blood Circulation and Asthma Problems

Many people complain about swollen legs and feet. When they get back from hard working day and lie in bed, the tension isn’t gone away. So in the morning they feel various aches and find it hard to get up and walk.

Electric adjustable beds might help people in this situation too.

First of all, if you slightly elevate the part of adjustable bed under legs, your blood circulation will increase. Second, if you choose memory foam mattress, you’ll also increase the circulation, because memory foam mattress reduces pressure points that you get when sleeping on regular (flat) beds.

It can increase circulation, reduce leg and feet swelling, reduce back pain and breathing difficulties for asthma patients.

Also, if you slightly incline the angle of your upper body, you make your breathing much easier. Asthma patients reported that when sleeping with their upper body part elevated, they feel less discomfort and experience easier breathing.

Conclusion

There are actually more health benefits reported that electric adjustable beds are able to provide.

If you can’t get a relaxing night’s sleep, feel discomfort in your feet or legs, have difficulties breathing, feel neck or backaches in the morning, then a quality electric adjustable bed is what you really need. These health benefits that adjustable beds provide are not myths. These are facts that many patients have reported.

If you want a really comfortable sleep, then don’t think any further than good electric adjustable bed. Don’t save your money at the expense of your health. Spend a thousand or few on a quality adjustable bed that will give you a comfortable sleep and much less discomfort than your regular flat bed.

A memory foam mattress is a great way to complete your adjustable bed. We have a section devoted to memory foam mattresses to use with an adjustable bed.
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