Riders with Joint Conditions

People with joint pain and other connective tissue disorders generally find the Freedom Chair to be a great match for their condition, especially because the lever system is easy on the shoulders.

There are GRIT Freedom Chair riders with Arthrogryposis, Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and other similar conditions.

Nico was struck by a car and dragged while riding his bicycle several years ago. With a combination of inadequate medical care and  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome , his body hasn’t been able to fully recover. Before his accident, the self-proclaimed “outdoor junkie” would hike up to 15 miles per day as a wilderness guide.    “The GRIT Freedom Chair [allows] me to go to the park down the street, a place that was previously not accessible to me. The chair really embodies the idea that everyone should have access to the outdoors.”     Read more about Nico

Nico was struck by a car and dragged while riding his bicycle several years ago. With a combination of inadequate medical care and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, his body hasn’t been able to fully recover. Before his accident, the self-proclaimed “outdoor junkie” would hike up to 15 miles per day as a wilderness guide.

“The GRIT Freedom Chair [allows] me to go to the park down the street, a place that was previously not accessible to me. The chair really embodies the idea that everyone should have access to the outdoors.”

Read more about Nico

Eric has loved the outdoors all throughout his 59 years. He enjoyed going to the mountains, being in the woods, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, and exploring. When he was diagnosed with  Ankylosing Spondylitis  and  Rheumatoid Arthritis  at the age of 34, getting outdoors became more and more difficult to do.    "The Freedom chair has allowed me to be somewhat independent again. Although I cannot do all the outdoors things I use to do, the Freedom Chair has been a great tool for getting me back into the outdoors, just in a different way.”     Read more about Eric

Eric has loved the outdoors all throughout his 59 years. He enjoyed going to the mountains, being in the woods, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, and exploring. When he was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 34, getting outdoors became more and more difficult to do.

"The Freedom chair has allowed me to be somewhat independent again. Although I cannot do all the outdoors things I use to do, the Freedom Chair has been a great tool for getting me back into the outdoors, just in a different way.”

Read more about Eric

Crys is one busy woman who has not let her diagnosis of  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome  slow her down at all. Her graduate work leads her to doing research in cemeteries. Most of her research has focused on preventing grave damage and grave disruptions in cemeteries that have been flooded.    “It has surpassed all of my hopes and expectations in terms of getting around on rougher terrain and being able to hike again and being able to get back out in the field.”     Read more about Crys

Crys is one busy woman who has not let her diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome slow her down at all. Her graduate work leads her to doing research in cemeteries. Most of her research has focused on preventing grave damage and grave disruptions in cemeteries that have been flooded.

“It has surpassed all of my hopes and expectations in terms of getting around on rougher terrain and being able to hike again and being able to get back out in the field.”

Read more about Crys

Benefits of the GRIT Freedom Chair

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Easy to push

The GRIT Freedom Chair's lever drive has a mechanical advantage between the lever and the wheel, making it easier to push the chair forward than on push-rim wheelchairs. We can adapt the gearing (making it easier or faster) to suit your specific strength level.

 

 

Low impact

The GRIT Freedom Chair's lever drive uses an ergonomic motion that engages large muscle groups in the chest and shoulders. It can help eliminate the shoulder issues that can occur when using typical wheelchair push rims. Active Hands Grip Aids can help you push the GRIT Freedom Chair even without grip strength or finger flexibility.

Stories from riders with Joint Conditions

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