Arthritis

Arthritis is a widespread, chronic disease which affects many people. Arthritis is a general term for musculoskeletal diseases and covers many diagnoses, such as osteoarthritis, back disorders and arthritis. In Denmark alone, approximately 700,000 people have arthritis. Many people think that only older people are affected by arthritis, but younger people and children can also be affected.

Arthritis can be treated, but not cured. Medical treatments can reduce the symptoms and inhibit the development of the disease; sufferers may also alleviate pain and avoid functional impairment through for example exercise, training, pain relief and a healthy diet.

Common to many arthritic diseases are varying degrees of pain in the joints and muscles of the body, as well as stiff joints, fatigue and diminished functional ability.

Arthritis can cause problems in terms of managing everyday activities about the house, at school or at work, depending on the spread of the arthritis. This can manifest itself in pain when sitting, difficulty getting up and sitting down, poor balance, difficulty walking, trouble standing up for long periods and pain and difficulty handling packaging, tools, kitchen utensils and cutlery.

VELA has several types of customised chairs and sit-stand chairs that can ease the everyday life of people with arthritis. A VELA chair as an aid offers several benefits:

  • Increased mobility: The user can 'walk' the chair forward, and thereby move around without assistance. There is plenty of room for the feet between the large, smooth-running wheels.

  • Greater safety: Users with poor standing balance, for instance, benefit from extra safety and peace of mind when the chair's central brake is activated. This ensures that the chair remains completely stationary when the user stands up and sits down. The armrests also provide safety and peace of mind: they can be used to lower oneself slowly into the chair if suffering from back pain or tiredness, for example.

    Easier operation: If the user has reduced strength in their hands or has 'crooked fingers', special arthritis-friendly handles for braking can be used or adjustments can be made to the chair.
    Improved sitting posture: The user is able to attain a comfortable and ergonomically correct sitting posture and thus minimise the load on joints by adjusting the seat and backrest to his or her specific needs. Users who have stiff hips or knees, for example, can adjust the seat height to arrive at a good sitting posture.
    More comfort and support: Extra padding can be provided for seat, backrest and armrests with softer foam and a variety of seat cushions that are adapted to the user's needs, as well as arthrodesis seats or short seats with a raised lip to promote comfort and ease pain.
    Less pain: The easy operation and adjustability of the chair reduce the risk of pain – electric height adjustment spares the user unnecessary shocks and bumps, for example, and also facilitates getting into and out of the chair. Reduced pain, greater safety and increased comfort also result in less tiredness.


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We recommend the following chairs for people with arthritis:

VELA Tango 100 with arthrodesis seat

VELA Tango 100 with arthrodesis seat is a customised chair with two-part, adjustable seat surface, which is designed for people with amputated legs or stiff hip joints.

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VELA Tango 100El

VELA Tango 100El is a customised chair with electric height-adjustment and a low backrest, which provides good lumbar support and free movement of the back, shoulders and arms

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VELA Tango 100ES

The VELA Tango 100ES is a children’s chair with electric height adjustment – perfect for children and young people with special needs. The electric height adjustment helps the child to get into and out of the chair and makes it possible to vary the seat height for different activities.

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VELA Tango 100S

The VELA Tango 100S is a safe chair for children and young people with special needs. The chair is perfect for use in school and at home since the central brake provides stability during activity and when the child has to get into and out of the chair.

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VELA Tango 200El

VELA Tango 200El is a customised chair with electric height adjustment and a higher backrest and extra lumbar support compared to the VELA Tango 100El model.

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VELA Tango 500

The VELA Tango 500 is the latest development in customised chairs. In addition to the customised chair's other, well-known benefits, it has a revolutionary, two-part ALB backrest

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VELA Tango 500El

VELA Tango 500El is the latest development within customised chairs with electric height adjustment, which, in addition to the customised chair's other, well-known benefits, has a revolutionary, two-part ALB backrest

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VELA Tango 510

The VELA Tango 510 is the latest development in customised chairs. In addition to an active sitting posture, the chair provides relief and a good resting position during the day

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VELA Tango 510El

VELA Tango 510El is the latest development in customised chairs with electric height adjustment. In addition to an active sitting posture, the chair provides relief and a good resting position during the day

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VELA Tango El Sit-stand

The VELA Tango El Sit-stand Chair is a customised chair for users who require support and safety while standing and, at the same time, need electric height-adjustment, e.g. due to reduced strength in their legs.

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