Recliner Chairs Ultimate Leg Elevation
The Ambassador Recliner Chairs Offer Ultimate Leg Elevation
Ambassador recliner chairs offer substantial comfort and optimal body positioning for individuals who have limited mobility. Positioning options should be fluid and adjustable to assist users with arranging body segments safely to promote better health. One example of this, and one of the most important, is leg elevation.
Ambassador chairs enable more independence in the home for people with increased body weight and limited movement. This is because patients are able to sit and stand at the push of a button. Each chair is operated by a hand held remote control to perform 21 different lift and recline positions. The independence gained by the patients provides many benefits for carers and nursing staff.
Why adults with reduced mobility need leg elevation.
Think back to an instant when you were seated in the car, a subway, a bus, or even a plane for a prolonged period. A common bodily reaction to sitting to long without rest breaks for movement is lower extremity swelling. Fluid builds up in the feet, ankles, and calves which leads to colour changes in the skin and general discomfort. (https://www.healthline.com/health/elevating-legs#benefits). Usually, the swelling goes down after minimal movement. However, persons who are completely immobile for years are subject to chronic changes in the legs that can be damaging and painful.
The human body is dependent on regular movement for muscle contractions and blood circulation. Without it, blood pools in the veins of the legs and feet, and lymphatic fluid moves into subcutaneous tissue which causes the swelling. Other medical conditions, such as lymphedema, can cause severe swelling. If left untreated, the pooling fluid can permanently damage tissue and circulatory patterns. Additional complications include infection (bacterial and fungal infections, cellulitis), deep vein thrombosis, and limb amputation in worse cases.
What physiological changes happen with leg elevation.
Leg elevation counteracts the effects of swelling and poor circulation with the help of gravity. Lifting the legs above the hips forces the pooling blood back through the legs and towards the heart to minimise fluid build-up in the subcutaneous tissues. In order for leg elevation to work, individuals need to practice it regularly because it could take several days for even acute swelling in the legs to go down.
Leg Elevation above the hips.
Leg elevation above the hips further promotes reduced swelling and improved circulation by sending more blood towards the heart and lymphatic fluid back through the lymphatic system. Some medical professionals go as far as encouraging leg elevation to be at or above heart level. However, each person should individually consult with a physician prior to doing so.
Ambassador Recliner features that promote leg elevation.
Ambassador recliners offer footrest and full chair positioning features to allow for leg elevation and multiple angles and heights. Current models offer full leg elevation past the height of the hips in a reclined position, allowing for ideal comfort and fluid circulation. Ambassador recliners are equipped with robust motor systems that get the user to the right position with ease. Made to Australian standards and tested to the safe lifting load. Backed up by 3 years warranty on the medical grade electrics and 5 years on the frame.
Additional interventions that can be paired with leg elevation.
This highly depends on the individual’s medical conditions and goals. For advanced stages of lymphedema, persons should be actively combining leg elevation with other protocols assigned by their physicians. This could include manual therapy/lymphatic massage, compression stockings, and skin moisturising and hygiene practices.
Exercises include regular walks (if the individual is capable of doing so), foot marches, lower extremity stretches, etc. Minimal movement of the lower extremities aids in reducing the swelling, but whole body involvement in exercise promotes better circulation overall.
Safety tips and cardiovascular precautions.
Consult with your doctor before regularly elevating your feet at or above hip height in a reclined position, especially if you are trying it out for the first time. Too much fluid running up hill can be hard on the heart. Individuals with cardiovascular and circulatory disorders (congestive heart failure, hypertension, etc.) should practice extreme caution. Even through leg elevation has many health benefits, individuals need to remember to reposition themselves frequently in the recliner to prevent skin break down elsewhere along the body.
Regular leg elevation may be difficult for persons with decreased mobility to achieve. Ambassador recliner chairs take away the worry and the hassle for users and for caregivers by doing all the work with a touch of a button.