The wheelchair is one of the most revolutionary discoveries of mannish while people with restricted mobility are not bound but in fact 'liberated' by their wheels. It offers people access to work or shopping or any other travel outside the home so they can maintain an active lifestyle. For the sports enthusiasts, a wheelchair even enables them to participate in races, basketball, tennis and other sports.

Evidently, to satisfy the competing claims, the 'one-size-fits-all' rule does not apply here. That is why Karman Healthcare, one of the nation's leading manufacturers of wheelchairs, offers over one hundred different models that you can choose from. Their products are comfortable, durable and affordable. In order to select your own wheelchair from their wide platter offered, understanding some mobility basics on wheelchairs is essential (especially for the first-timers).

There are two main classifications:

  • Manual Wheelchairs – are the kind that a person must move them without the assistance of a battery. These are usually lightweight, portable, cheap and easy-to-maintain.
  • Power Wheelchairs – these wheelchairs are powered by batteries and are useful for people who can not push a wheelchair with their own arm strength. Although these are faster, they are heavier and expensive than the manual ones and suitable for part-time usage.

Karman mainly focuses on the manual wheelchair because this version is broadly preferred over its powered counterpart for the obvious reasons cited above. Let us look at the options that this particular manufacturer has come up with in its section of Manual Wheelchairs.

Apart from the Standard Wheelchair there exist alternatives like the Ultra and Lightweight wheelchairs. As the names suggest, these variants weigh less than the standard ones and hence, are extremely portable because they are easier to fold and store. The ultra lightweight wheelchairs are considered the folding wheelchairs meaning that the frame can be folded and stored into a small space (ultra-compact form) such as a vehicle trunk.

Ergonomic Wheelchairs are some of the lightest weight wheelchairs you can buy on the market! It belongs to the class of ultra-lightweight wheelchairs but with the addition of innumerable user-customization options so as to meet needs as specific as individual body measurements.

People wanting health benefits such as improved blood circulation, kidney and bladder functioning as well as toned muscles at an optimum cost can aim for Standing wheelchairs from Karman Healthcare. Made with the best possible technology, these wheelchairs are powered by two batteries. It features a stand up mode, which allows you to drive the chair while in a standing position. The easy to access joy-stick controller feature available allows the user to control the speed as well as the maneuverability of the chair.

People wanting the best in luxury and comfort can opt for special chairs which are available in two types. Apart from comfort, both these variants are specifically designed to distribute overall back pressure and hence are a great choice for people who require increased sitting tolerance and prevention of skin sores.

  • One type of chair, called ” Tilt In Space ” changes a person's orientation while maintaining fixed hip, knee, and ankle angles. The whole seat, in effect, tilts.
  • The other chair option called “Recliner Wheelchairs” system, basically changes the seat-to-back angle, flattening out the back of the chair and in some cases raising the legs to form a flat surface. These work better with Elevating Legrests (ELRs).

While the Tilt system maintains posture and pregnancies sheer (the friction on tissues from dragging across a surface), the Recline systems are preferred in situations where the elevation is aimed at specific body parts (such as the legs). For example, in a scenario where user sits at a workstation, the tilt requires that he or she must move back from the table to avoid hitting the table with the elevated footrests. Using a recliner wheelchair in this case is apt because user's legs and feet only needs to be re-positioned for maximum comfort and safety.

Those who enjoy sport tuned agility can go merry with the Active Wheelchairs . These are ultra lightweight and aerodynamic and hence easy to maneuver.

Transport wheelchairs or companion chairs are companion-propelled where the purpose is for a caregiver to push the user. These are easy-to-maneuver light transport chairs having four small wheels (instead of the typical 'large back – small front' wheels).

Be travel friendly and travel ready with the Travel or Airplane Wheelchair series. Made in compliance with FAA safety regulations, these are ultra compact (so as to fit in the aisle of an airplane) and offer quick release wheels while the wheels are being engaged and disengaged quicker for travel purposes.

Pick your 'perfect' wheelchair that fulfills your needs in terms of health condition, pricing, size, dimensions and even shipping. You can shop either through a local or online distributor some of which offer free shipping!