Benefits of the GRIT Freedom Chair for riders with SCI
Reduced shoulder strain
The GRIT Freedom Chair's lever drive uses an ergonomic motion that engages large muscle groups in the chest and shoulders. This can help prevent the shoulder and arm injuries that plague regular wheelchair users.
Fun to ride
The easy to push lever drive takes the physical stress out of pushing yourself around, helping you to focus on enjoying your environment and the friends and family you're exploring it with. Enjoy the outdoors again!
SCI Freedom Chair FAQ
How do I stay secure in the chair?
The seat is angled backwards (dumped) 14 degrees from horizontal and the seat back is angled 7 degrees back from vertical. These features keep you secure in a comfortable riding position, even if you have weak abdominal support.
The seat belt can be used as a waist or leg strap, for additional safety and security when riding. Some riders with higher-level SCIs also enjoy riding with a chest strap, which keeps them upright and centered against the seatback.
How are the levers on my shoulders?
The GRIT Freedom Chair's lever drive is more ergonomic than regular wheelchair push rims. Pushing the levers uses large muscle groups, and the lever drive makes it easier to push than regular wheelchair wheels. For these reasons, the levers are much easier on your shoulders than typical wheelchairs.
Jan, one of our riders with an SCI, avoided shoulder issues by using his GRIT Freedom Chair. Read his story here.
How do I transfer into the chair?
Everybody has different transfer styles and preferences, but thousands of riders around the world have been able to transfer into and out of the GRIT Freedom Chair. It may take some practice, but it's doable!
There are numerous hand-holds around the seat (including the levers, the wheels, the front of the seat, and the frame) that are all designed to support your weight to facilitate your transfer. The parking brakes hold the chair securely in place until you're ready to start rolling.
Jeremy, one of our riders with an SCI, made a video showing off his GRIT Freedom Chair transfer. Watch it here.
How do I keep my feet on the foot plate?
The foot plate is angled backwards 14 degrees from horizontal and is covered in very grippy sandpaper to keep your feet in place. It also has three sets of slots to accommodate a variety of foot strap solutions. The GRIT Foot Strap is a popular solution for keeping your feet securely in place on the foot plate, though the foot plate will work with most adaptive straps.
Can quadriplegics use the Freedom Chair?
If you have some tricep function, then you can use the GRIT Freedom Chair, even with weak grip strength. We have around a dozen riders with quadriplegia. Adaptive gloves, like the Active Hands gloves sold by GRIT, help hold your hands on the levers. The levers are propelled during the push stroke, the pull stroke does not require any force at all.
If you have quadriplegia and are wondering if the chair is right for you, contact us!
Stories from riders with SCI
We're here to help
We'd love to connect via email, telephone, Skype, or FaceTime to go over the GRIT Freedom Chair and to answer any questions you have. As the designers of the GRIT Freedom Chair, we love talking with people like you!