How to Adapt a Recliner for Right Arm Surgery

Many people who have had right arm surgery often find it very difficult to get comfortable in a recliner. This is because they can’t use their left arm to push themselves up and out of the chair.

The following steps will help you adapt a recliner for right arm surgery so that you don’t have this problem anymore!

 

Adapt a Recliner

Ways on How to Adapt Recliner for Right Arm Surgery

Approach one

Place a pillow (or two) under your left arm to create the illusion of having use of your left arm while in reclining mode. The pillows will help you raise and lower yourself with ease, as well as push up and out of the chair more easily.

Lay something like a rolled-up towel or blanket under your left arm, so that it props up and doesn’t just dangle.

Get a chair with reclining mode for the right side of the body only (not both sides).

 

Approach two

Try using an office chair instead of a recliner. This will be much easier to get up and out of with a single arm, as well as push up into the chair.

Take it slow when getting in or out of the chair to avoid hurting your right side again.

 

Approach three

Use an ottoman instead of a recliner if you want something that will allow for more movement while sitting on it.

Raise up and out of the chair with your good arm, then use one hand to push onto the ottoman while you pull yourself forward with your other arm. This will allow you to stop using all of your right sides for pushing and pulling movements when getting in or out of a recliner.

You can also use the ottoman as a footrest while sitting on it if you’re getting tired.

Put a pillow or rolled-up towel in your lap so that when you put weight  onto one leg, you won’t be putting all of it on just one side.”

 

Approach four

Check with doctors to see how they recommend adapting your recliner.

Buy a new chair that is not reclining and adjust it to fit  the space in which you’ll be sitting for an extended period of time.”

 

Approach five

Have someone else sit next to you so they can help push up on one side when getting out or pulling back down when getting in.

Lifting with your left arm, pull back on the recliner’s lever to get out. Place a pillow behind you as support for your right side when getting into the chair.

Use ottoman or other footrests that are next to the chair and place it under one of your feet. Place a pillow behind you as support for your right side when getting into the chair.”

Use ottoman or other footrests that are next to the chair and place it under one of your feet.

Lay on a bed or couch with your head near the front edge so you can pull yourself up from there.

 

How do you Fix a Loose Recliner Arm?

Recliner chair chairs have metal parts that slide together which allow the back and seat to recline. The arm of a reclining chair can be loose because it has been overstretched, or there is corrosion on one side of the joint. You may need to tighten it with an Allen wrench if you find this problem. If seated in a recliner, you can also use the Allen wrench to tighten it by twisting the end of the arm.

You may need to tighten it with an Allen wrench if you find this problem. If seated in a recliner, you can also use the Allen wrench to tighten it by twisting the end of the arm.”

 

How do you Sleep in a Recliner After Shoulder Surgery?

How to sleep in a recliner after shoulder surgery? The best way is with your neck and head supported by a pillow. You will need to experiment with how much padding you need for the arm of the chair or cushioning on your side, but over time it should get easier.

The best way is with your neck and head supported by a pillow. You will need to experiment with how much padding you need for the arm of the chair or cushioning on your side, but over time it should get easier.

 

How do I use my Recliner After Shoulder Surgery?

You may find that using an ottoman or bedside table as a resting place for the arm will allow you to get more comfortable on the recliner.

 

How do you Tighten a Recliner Back?

The recliner back can be tightened by using a wrench to turn the bolt on the top of the arm. You may need to stand at an angle and use your body weight for leverage to tighten it enough.”

You will also want to make sure that you are not over-tightening it, which could cause damage to your chair and the back of it. Once you have got the recliner in a comfortable position, make sure that you tighten the bolt gently so as not to over-tighten it. The recliner can be tightened by using a wrench to turn the bolt on top of the arm.

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