“Helping users push their wheelchairs more easily with the heels of their hands keeps the wrists in a more anatomically correct position, aiding in the prevention of ulnar deviation."
Elberton, GA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
Rehabmart.com, an online e-commerce company that sells rehabilitation and medical supplies, has recently joined into a distribution partnership with Shove-a-lugs® to offer their innovative wheelchair grip attachments for users with hand impairments to a wider consumer marketplace. As an occupational therapist primarily working in geriatric settings for fourteen years, the founder and inventor of Shove-a-lugs® observed firsthand the common difficulties encountered by patients receiving rehabilitation and skilled nursing services. He repeatedly noticed how many patients experienced difficulties in propelling their own wheelchairs due to impairments with their hands.
Believing that the capability of individuals to be able to move about more freely in their environments directly correlates to enhanced activity levels, and a greater sense of independence and quality of life, this committed and caring OT created the Shove-a-lugs® grip attachments for wheelchair users who also struggle with hand disabilities and challenges. These unique grips enable users to utilize the palms of their hands to propel the wheelchair, rather than most conventional methods that require gripping a relatively thin ring at an awkward angle. Extremely important for wheelchair-bound users with weak, deformed, arthritic or painful hands, this invention has actually had tremendous positive impact on the daily lives of both the hand-impaired and users with full use of their hands.
The Shove-a-lugs® inventor and founder was able to directly observe the positive impact his state-of-the-art wheelchair grip attachments brought to the lives of the patients he worked with. “One lady who struggled to push her wheelchair 20 or 30 feet would visit me several times a day in the rehabilitation department to tell me what ‘lap’ she was on,” he said. These unique grips are easy to retrofit on any wheelchair that has standard handrims with the included tool, and come in sets of 12 attachments that all have a smaller clamp piece, a larger grip piece and two screws, as well as adaptor slips for smaller handrims.
“We are very proud to introduce more consumers to the amazing benefits of the Shove-a-lugs® Grip Attachments for wheelchair users with hand impairments,” said Hulet Smith, OTR/L, MBA and CEO of Rehabmart. “Helping users push their wheelchairs more easily with the heels of their hands keeps the wrists in a more anatomically correct position, aiding in the prevention of ulnar deviation. By simple attachment of these superior quality and durable grips to the handrims of the wheelchair, the user easily pushes down with the heel of their palms to move forward. We are delighted to introduce this heightened freedom and mobility to more wheelchair users.”
As an Occupational Therapist, the founder of Rehabmart, Hulet Smith, has the breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to match the needs of his customers with the very latest innovative products in the field of medical supplies and rehabilitation equipment. As a parent of special needs children, he has a personal interest in finding the best products to improve the lives of those who are disabled and medically challenged. Rehabmart.com is committed to providing superior customer service, competitive pricing and exceptional product offerings.