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    Wheelchair dump, why do I need it?

    Hi guys,

    So I went to the OT's and one of the vendor guy was loooking at my current chair and was like well the first issue is you have no dump.

    I told him I took the dump out because it makes my abs stop working and I sit up straighter with no dump.

    So I guess if I have some abs (I can't do a sit up but I can sit up straight) should I have any dump at all? I don't see the purpose of it if I have abs.

    When I first got hurt I had to have a ton of dump and I hated it with a passion because it felt like I was stuck in the chair like I literally couldn't move hardly.

    Also I wanted a lower back rest and they were saying I shouldn't do that...I mean I'm a c7 but I don't function as one so I'm confused on why they are treating me like I still am a c7. Shouldn't I be treated more like a para when it comes to wheelchairs?
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    Cory,
    you know whats best for you. Who cares what the vendor thinks he knows. He doesn't know!

    The abs thing make total sense to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee View Post
    Hi guys,

    So I went to the OT's and one of the vendor guy was loooking at my current chair and was like well the first issue is you have no dump.

    I told him I took the dump out because it makes my abs stop working and I sit up straighter with no dump.

    So I guess if I have some abs (I can't do a sit up but I can sit up straight) should I have any dump at all? I don't see the purpose of it if I have abs.

    When I first got hurt I had to have a ton of dump and I hated it with a passion because it felt like I was stuck in the chair like I literally couldn't move hardly.

    Also I wanted a lower back rest and they were saying I shouldn't do that...I mean I'm a c7 but I don't function as one so I'm confused on why they are treating me like I still am a c7. Shouldn't I be treated more like a para when it comes to wheelchairs?
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    Moe,

    I... don't care about what I think ... you should just ignore my posts.

    I don't understand ... words.

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    You are right Corey. If you know you don't need dump, don't get pushed into it. It is primarily helpful for those with sitting balance problems and weak or paralyzed trunk muscles, or those who benefit from reduction of spasms with increased hip flexion. Since you walk, it can also make it a little more difficult to come to a stand.

    I assume this was a vendor (salesman)...not a therapist??

    (KLD)

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    yup. you know your body best.

    for further thought, most automotive seats have some dump.

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    it was both the OT (who has been fitting chairs for 25 years she said) and also the vendor who agreed.

    They said look at all the chairs in this room, the proper ones will have a little dump. I was like thats fine and dandy but this is why I don't use dump. I'll voice my opinion more, thanks!
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    I use a little dump (1") because it helps to keep me from toppling out on my head when I come to a sudden stop, as when a pebble or twig jams the front wheel.

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    im a low dump guy myself, under 2". it all depends what your abs tell you. can u reach out in front of you to grab something without fear of falling out of your chair???

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    I`m a low para, and i don`t need dump, but i can feel that a chair with some dump is much stable(specially downhill) than one without dump.
    Chairs with the same dump would have completely different behaviors with differents COG and differents backrest heights.

    2.5" dump it`s perfect for me.
    Last edited by totoL1; 01-26-2010 at 04:06 PM.

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    You're the consumer. Their opinions are secondary to yours. If they're not willing to cooperate, go to another vendor or buy your chair directly from the manufacturer.
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    Just because somebody has been doing something for a long time doesn't mean that they excel at it. I think KLD put it best 1 year of experience repeated 25 times over. (KLD if I paraphrased you wrong I'm sorry)

    Take charge, ask questions & don't be pushed into anything you're unhappy with. I've been there and it can be a hellish experience to get things changed after.

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