Quick ways to relieve back pain when you’re in a wheelchair

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by WilliamBros Blogger


The human body wasn’t made to sit in one position all the time, but if you’re a wheelchair user, that’s kind of hard to avoid. Unfortunately, a common side effect to sitting all the time is lower back pain. For today’s blog, we are going to talk about some modified yoga positions you can use to mitigate it:

Place your head between your knees

Lean forward as far as you can in your wheelchair and place your head between your knees. This is often a pose people will do when they feel dizzy, but it’s also a great way to take some pressure off the lower back. If you feel like you’re going to fall out of your chair, find something to hook your arms on. This will allow you to lean even further.

Leg crossing

While this position is associated with modest ladies in skirts, it’s actually very effectual for those who use a wheelchair. Crossing the legs can help relieve some of the pressure that’s being put on the lower back.

Do the twist!

No, we’re not talking about the dance. For this position, you want to grab your right knee with your left hand and put your right hand behind as far as you can. Then, switch it up and do the same for the left side. Hold the positions for at least 10 seconds each time you do it.

Ankle Pull

For this, you want to lay on your back on a bed or sofa, with your legs dangling off the end. Brace your upper body. Then, have a helper pulls your ankles downward. The goal with this is to lengthen your back. This should help you feel quite a bit of relief.


No one should have to suffer through excessive back pain. If even some basic stretches just aren’t cutting it, it might be time to visit your physician. We also carry a number of wheelchair accessories in our online catalog that can help you be more comfortable.

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