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Lift Chairs

How they can assist patients with ALS

There are a lot of documented studies about how effective lift chairs are at relieving various medical conditions. Not only to lift chair make life easier for seniors or those with injuries, but also people who suffer from ALS. It's critical that people with ALS, and other conditions that make it hard to maneuver, get the required care. This is why we started developing our very own Medical Lift Chair™.


The ALS Therapy Development Insitute and the ALS Association were created to research and develop relief and benefits for those with ALS. They have one common goal, to fight and beat ALS, find a cure. From their website:"Led by drug development experts and people with ALS, our Cambridge, Massachusetts based lab is funded by a global network of supporters unified to end ALS. Our mission is to discover and develop effective treatments for ALS."

Unfortunately, the battle continues.

Both organizations are working hard to finding relief for people with ALS. One common discussion is the use of lift chairs to help with everyday life. The overwhelming results are positive. The ALS Association wants to keep people informed about lift chairs and the use for all people, including those with ALS.

"For many people with ALS, standing up from a sitting position is more difficult than walking. Lack of balance, along with leg or arm weakness, and upper body control, can make ‘getting up’ harder than ‘being up’. From a 90 ̊sitting angle at your knees, those first few inches up from a seat, are the most difficult. Lift Chairs are basically reclining chairs with a motorized lift mechanism built in. The entire chair rises up, and tilts forward slightly, in order to get the seated individual closer toward a standing position.
A similar process works in the reverse. If standing up is difficult, it is likely that getting into a seated position is just as difficult. Gravity and a soft landing on a chair might hide this, but you want to avoid simply dropping into the chair. A lift chair in the raised position allows you to lean comfortably into the seat. Then, by activating the down button on the chair, you are already sitting in the chair, as it slowly brings you down.
Some lift chairs have multiple reclining positions. Since they are the size of reclining chairs, they can take up significant space in the home. Lift chairs can be found online and at medical supply stores. Speak to your Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist to determine if this is the right choice for you, and what height off the floor, or functions would be best."

Medical Lift Chairs™ is a division of Medical Breakthrough™.

*ALS Association
*ALS Therapy Development Insitute


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