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    Hate my chest strap

    I'am 11 years post injury c5/6 complete and still have to use my chest strap which I hate because if I don't I tip right into my lap I'm super unbalanced. Does anyone know any alternatives to a chest strap or how to be better balanced so I don't just keep falling straight forward?
    thanks!!

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    Sounds like your chair does not fit you right. What is the angle of the back? How much dump do you have? Have you looked into working with a PT on your balance?

    (KLD)

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    When I can home from rehab I was still wearing one and I remember someone, I believe a therapist, calling it a sissy strap. After that I started going without it a little at a time. I found I had come to rely on it heavily in areas I could compensate in other ways. I eventually quit using it, in a rather short amount of time after that, and never looked back.

    I would consider what SCI-Nurse says.
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    Great thanks!! I have a really long skinny torso so I tip very easily and when I do it's straight forward and I'm stuck no way to get back up unless someone is near me. I have had a few scary moments when I forgot to put the strap on. Hopefully I can find something that helps.

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    It is easy to judge from a distant. That said, I was loosey goosey as well way back when; I recall having to have just the right "slump" in order to have any balance. As SCI-Nurse mentions above, proper chair setup can aid this a lot. Furthermore, once not using the strap you develop strength and/or ways to compensate. I also was once skinny, I recall laying across my knees many times. I use the backrest bars, with push canes, to lean back and into to help stabilize.

    Not the best video to show, but one I made some time ago to show someone projection rims:
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    Ty12 are you using a power chair or a manual chair? Some people can compensate by having lateral supports added to their backrest (easier with a power chair), or if you use a manual chair you might be able to get a backrest with a deeper contour to provide more support. Additionally, some people use a bit of extra "dump" in their chair to help hold themselves upright, but this is harder to transfer out of (again, manual chair). I've seen people in powerchairs compensate by riding with a bit of recline, but you need to make sure you skin & hips are safe.

    Give us a few more details and we'll see if we can help. Probably best to see a seating specialist who can really get their hands on you, though.

    And don't listen to people who poo-poo straps and such - the most important thing is for you to be safe and functional as you can be. If you need a strap you need a strap!

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    Awesome tips thanks! I'm also in a power chair so if I'm driving fast over bumps or even a unknown crack it sends me flying forward no warning so if my strap was off it would be scary! But I will see if adjusting the chair a bit will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgrant27 View Post
    And don't listen to people who poo-poo straps and such - the most important thing is for you to be safe and functional as you can be. If you need a strap you need a strap!
    Read his first post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brianm View Post
    Read his first post.
    I did read his post. I'm not sure what you're implying. And I didn't say that he needed a strap, i said "if". I just know that sometimes people feel pressure to get rid of things because they (or someone else) doesn't like how it looks or they think it's silly...but sometimes you need help, and that's okay.

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