Reclining Water Rehabilitation ChairBy Spokane, Martha Z.; Mollendorf, Joseph C.; NSF 2009 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pages 240-241
Publication Date: 2011
Paper outlines the development of a harnessed chair that keeps users with mobility disabilities supported and secure during water based rehabilitation. Two floating arm pieces on either side of the user are connected with a cross member creating a stable base for the chair. A fully reclining chair back with adjustable chest strap and waist harness holds the user in place while performing water rehabilitation exercises. The harness is a simple four inch wide adjustable waist belt with front clip closure. A polyvinyl chloride (PVC) frame is used for the chair’s reclining back. Chest and side straps are anchored to this frame. A kickboard is also fit into the center. The flotation frame is made of a plywood and polyurethane foam composite with a PVC pipe frame. The frame and kickboard are kept together by a nylon fabric sleeve with holes for straps and a pin connecting it to the flotation frame. Three connection locations along the frame allow the center of gravity to be adjusted for varying angles of recline and the user’s size and weight. The reclining water rehabilitation chair was designed by an engineering student at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Published by: Creative Learning Press, Inc. (Website:http://www.creativelearningpress.com)
Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2009/CHAPTER%2014%20STATE%20UNIVERSITY%20OF%20NEW%20YORK%20AT%20BUFFALO.pdf