Long-term sitting can put pressure on your back, but for those using a wheelchair, sitting for long periods is unavoidable. The knowledgeable staff at Hilton Medical Supply in La Crosse, WI, are experienced in matching people with the right medical supplies for increased mobility and comfort.
If you or a loved one spends a significant amount of the day in a wheelchair, the Hilton Medical Supply staff suggests these stretches to relieve back pain and discomfort. Check with your doctor before engaging in stretches for the first time.
If you have the mobility to do so, bend at the waist as you exhale, letting your head rest on your knees or fall between your knees—whichever is more comfortable for you. Rest in this position for a few minutes to relieve pressure in your lower back. Return to sitting by placing your hands on your knees and using your arms to gently raise yourself back to an upright position.
Simply sitting with one leg crossed over the other can shift your weight and relieve pressure on your tailbone and lower back. If it’s comfortable for you, grasp the outside of your knee with your opposite hand and pull gently for a light hip stretch.
Place your right hand on the left arm of your chair and gently twist your body to the left. Hold the position for the count of ten. Return slowly to the center. Place your left hand on the right arm of your chair and twist to the left and again; hold the position for ten seconds or for as long as it’s comfortable for you.
Try this one for upper back, shoulder and neck tension. Lift your shoulders gently toward your ears, hold for a few seconds, then release. You can also try rotating your shoulders forward, up, then back. Do five rotations forward and five backward to loosen tight joints and muscles.
Still experiencing discomfort? Stop by La Crosse’s premier medical supply store, Hilton Medical Supply, to talk to an experienced staff member who will help you find a solution among their stock of high-quality medical equipment and wheelchairs. You can also call (608) 785-0390 or contact a staff member online.