Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects both men and women and may develop very differently from person to person. Some people experience many attacks over a short period and varying disabilities as a result of these attacks. Others find that several years pass without attacks or significant changes in their function level. Others experience sclerosis without attacks but with slow development of the disease and disabilities.

Symptoms of MS include paralysis, numbness or tingling, fatigue and vision impairment. Depending on their degree of functional impairment, MS sufferers may encounter problems performing everyday activities at home or in the workplace.

Many sufferers find that they tire quickly, have difficulty standing up and sitting down and have poor balance; walking, standing for long periods or holding kitchen utensils and cutlery are awkward; and they experience pain and problems of orientation.

VELA has a wide selection of customised chairs, sit-stand chairs and electric wheelchairs, which can make everyday life easier and thereby enable MS sufferers to be self-reliant for as long as possible.

In cases of slight functional impairment, such as reduced balance or difficulty walking, a customised chair or sit-stand chair can aid day-to-day activities:

  • 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 who for example have poor standing balance 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 or sits down, for example. The armrests offer extra safety and peace of mind; they help the user to lower him- or herself slowly and safely onto the chair.
  • Easier operation: If the user has reduced strength in hands and fingers or impaired vision, special easy-to-operate handles and switches can be fitted to the chair.
  • Improved sitting posture: Users benefit from a comfortable and ergonomically correct sitting posture, since seat and backrest are adjustable to their needs.
  • More comfort and support: Extra padding can be provided for seat, backrest and armrests; softer foam and various seat cushion options can be adapted to the user's needs; and special pressure-relief seats increase comfort and ease any pain.
  • Less pain: Ease of operation and adjustability of the chair can reduce the risk of pain – electric height adjustment spares the user unnecessary shocks and bumps, for example, and also eases getting into and out of the chair. Reduced pain, greater safety and increased comfort also result in less tiredness.

Where there exists a severe functional impairment, an electric wheelchair with adjustability of both sitting posture and drivability can ease everyday life:

  • Increased mobility: Users can move around by themselves, both indoors and outdoors, which means a certain independence at home and when shopping, for example. VELA electric wheelchairs are also available with advanced controls and specially adapted drivability for users with special requirements.
  • Greater safety: Users who have poor standing balance benefit from added safety and peace of mind with an electric wheelchair that is adapted to their specific needs. The electric wheelchair's drivability can be programmed so the user has a pleasant, safe experience and the ability to manoeuvre safely around at home, work, school, in shops and out in the street.
  • Easier operation: If the user has reduced strength in their hands and fingers, a special, easily operated joystick and switches can be mounted onto the chair, for example chin control if the user is unable to use an ordinary joystick. If the user cannot operate an electric wheelchair themselves, attendant control can be installed so that the helper can drive the chair on behalf of the user.
  • Improved sitting posture: Users benefit from a comfortable and ergonomically correct sitting posture, since seat and backrest are adjustable to their needs. The sitting posture can either be set manually or electrically, depending on the user's level of functional impairment and needs.
  • More comfort and support: Extra padding for the seat, backrest and armrests can be provided, for example with softer foam or a variety of seat cushions. Special pressure-relief seat cushions can promote comfort and ease any pain. The user's sitting posture can be stabilised by means of various back support systems, such as lateral supports and head support. It is also possible to install specially adapted seating systems and custom moulds.
  • Less pain: Easy operation and use of the wheelchair's electric functions such as seat tilt can help the user adopt a variety of sitting postures over the course of a long day. The distribution of pressure around the user's body is thus alternated and the risk of pain and pressure sores reduced: this affords a high degree of comfort during extended periods of use.

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We recommend the following chairs for people with multiple sclerosis (MS):

VELA Blues 210

The VELA Blues 210 is suitable for users with an active lifestyle, e.g. work, school or training course. The chair has mid-wheel drive and is well suited to combined indoor and outdoor use, with suspension that provides comfort and good driveability in uneven terrain.

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VELA Salsa 100

VELA Salsa 100 is a sit-stand chair with a shallow seat with tilt, which supports and stabilises the user.

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VELA Tango 100

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

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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 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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