How Do You Get Your Legs To Stay Together?
Posted 21 July 2008 - 11:55 AM
I don't mean to be sexist or anything when asking this, but I just see it as a problem more suited to us ladies - I mean, do men have a appearance issue when their legs are open in the chair?
I 'live' in a tilt and recline chair, the Emineo by Handicare, (although it doesn't really matter lmao!) and because my legs are so floppy cos the muscle's gone, all the time I am in it my legs just 'flop' open until the side of the chair stops them, and it's not too ladylike and is most definitely 'indecent exposure' especially when i don't wear knickers because of cathing lol.
What I do at the moment is I've got a piece of elastic that I put underneath my thighs and then cross over at the top and fasten with velcro to pull my legs together. This is fine to an extent, but I don't really want to have to do it if there is another way, and I haven't noticed other women to have the same problem.
Is there a way that you handle it differently?
I seek your advice
Posted 21 July 2008 - 03:33 PM
Here's a pic showing me where the belt is fairly visible.
Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:10 PM
My legs used to be like that as well. I finally realized that my foot plate needed to be a little lower.
I haven't had any problem since with my floppy legs...
this is probably the answer. if your foot plate is high your knees will fall to the side.. if your lower it, besides resolving your problem, you will also have less pressure in your bottom because now you are touching with the back of your thighs in the seat and increasing the area you seat on.
Posted 21 July 2008 - 08:34 PM
Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:32 AM
Or you could super-glue velcro to the insides of your knees.
That is just soooooo funny it made me laugh which is a hard accomplishment at the moment
You know, I might just do that!!!!!
As regards the comments about the footplates, unfortunately I am very short (I'm only 4"9) and my feet barely reach them as it is, the ball of my foot just reaches them and it makes me look like i'm on tiptoes!!
Let's keep thinking
Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:34 AM
Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:33 AM
And you can make them match your clothes.
Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:51 AM
I have the exact same problem and it makes it a real hassle for me to wear skirts. I wear a velcro strap underneath if I'm wearing a skirt, but it's just not very comfortable to strap your legs together. I always wondered how other female wheelers kept their legs from falling all over the place. Looking at my footplate, I'm not sure it can go lower. I am pretty tall for a girl (6'1 ft) and the length of my legs reflects this. Honestly, I just don't think wheelchairs were built for tall people even though my chair was measured for me (and it looks enormous compared to other manual chairs I think).
Try being 6'8".....legs legs and more legs...
Posted 06 December 2008 - 09:43 AM
I'm a dress and skirt girl, and when I get a new chair, I usually have to fiddle for a good hour just getting this bit right!
I also have my seat sling dipped at the back and taught at the front at the back, as I've discussed in another topic somewhere, and it creates that *ergo seat* effect and this keeps my hips from rotating outwards. I have sideguards which also helps. When I shuffle forwards, my hips rotate and my legs splay outwards, and I need them like this to get dressed etc, and then when I sit my bum back into the chiar, my hips fall into the dip in the back and my legs come together.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 09:29 AM
It sounds like you need a different type of cushion or to have "Adductor Wedges" fitted to your cushion.
(That's easy if you have a:
Jay Active http://www.sunriseme...69830485661.jpg
Jay Xtreme http://www.sunriseme...69830484386.jpg ,
Jay Easy http://www.sunriseme...69830545701.jpg,
or Jay2 Deep Contour cushion.) - These wedges lie under your thighs and tip your legs inwards more, thus reducing the ability of your thighs to 'roll outwards' (You want 'lateral thigh support' - support on the outside of your thighs as opposed to the inside.) Adductor Wedges: items labelled: 2: (2inch pair of adductor wedges), 12: (1 inch pair of adductor wedges), (9: 2inch pair of Junior Adductor wedges)
Jay cushion accessories.
You don't want a large 'Abductor' wedge - this sits between your thighs and pushes them apart. If you have a cushion with a raised 'abductor wedge' in-between your legs, in some circumstances it may be possible to carefully cut out/off the raised abductor wedge. (This can be done for Varilite Wave cushions too - you can cut the base section to reduce the thigh separator (abductor wedge) or change the base for one without the abductor wedge - the LPB base (instead of the CPB/CPW bases).) (Look at Varilite: Evolution Wave, Meridian Wave, Proform NX
http://www.varilite....l.aspx?prodID=3 http://www.varilite....evowave_med.jpg http://www.varilite....owave_broch.pdf
http://www.varilite....l.aspx?prodID=2 http://www.varilite....merwave_med.jpg http://www.varilite....rwave_broch.pdf
http://www.varilite....ormnx_broch.pdf http://www.varilite....oformnx_med.jpg http://www.varilite....nxmod_instr.pdf
Varilite Meridian Wave with the choice of the three bases.
For Vicair cushions which have a middle section, you can remove some of the 'pyramid t-bag' air filled things to reduce the build-up (abductor). http://www.vicair.com/
Vicair Vector cushion.
With Roho cushions, you can't really alter them much. If you have a single or double compartment cushion or a Roho Quadtro, you may well be over-filling it if your legs are rolling apart - if you reduce the air slightly so that you are sitting 'in' the cushion more, this would help reduce your thighs turning 'out'. The other thing to try with them would be a Roho 'Contour Base' under your cushion. http://www.therohogr...ontour_base.jsp (You might want to try a 'Contour Select' cushion but, it may be that this wouldn't' work for you. Because the Contour Select has the IsoFlo valve, you can adjust the relationship of the air in the different segments. http://www.therohogr...ect_cushion.jsp
Roho Contour Base, . / . Roho Contour Select,
Roho Quadtro High profile Select with IsoFlo valve.
As Ems said, you may also want to try altering your footplate position too to see if that helps. I currently have to have my feet on a strap above my footplate as my current (rubbish) chair was built wrong and I cannot raise the footplate any further. As a result, I don't have the problem of legs rolling apart as mine roll inwards a bit. I currently sit on a Roho Quadtro High Profile Select with IsoFlo valve. I used to have a gel-foam cushion which was rubbish and only supposed to be temporary. My legs used to roll apart with the gel-foam thing but not with the Roho. It all depends on what suits your shape and frame. (Meaning your physical frame, not the frame of the chair, although the cushion has to fit the frame of your wheelchair too!) Be very careful if you lower your footplate though, it can mean that you are putting more weight on your thighs and putting yourself at risk of increased pressure and therefore increased risk of pressure sores if your footplate is too low. (Also the same if it is too high - you increase the pressure on the Ischial tuberosities (sitting bones) and increase the risk of pressure sores there.)
Hope you find a solution that makes life easier and hope this helps.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 01:56 PM
My guess is maybe some people would have pressure issues with this? I switch back and forth though with which leg is on top if i start to get uncomfortable. I have good feeling/circulation though so maybe thats why i get away with it...either way good luck!
Edited by Nichole, 14 December 2008 - 01:57 PM.
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 01:45 AM
I do agree with the posts here about the foot plate, and the side wedges. Hope you find something that helps.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 09:38 AM
I hope this is of help
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