The Benefits of Using Air Cushions for Wheelchairs

November 2, 2023

air wheelchair cushionFor those with mobility issues, finding a comfortable wheelchair seat is essential to living a fulfilling life. Sitting for long hours on an uncomfortable, unsupportive seat can lead to serious health concerns, including pressure sores and skin breakdown.

Air cushions are specially designed to provide maximum comfort and skin protection, making them an essential accessory for anyone who spends a significant amount of time in a wheelchair. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using air cushions for wheelchairs.

Pressure Relief 

Air cushions are designed to provide even pressure redistribution across the seating area, thereby reducing pressure points that can cause pressure sores. The air cells in the cushion help to distribute weight evenly, which in turn reduces the amount of pressure placed on any one area of the body. 

Skin Protection

Air cushions help to protect the skin from the constant rubbing and friction that occurs when sitting in a wheelchair for long hours. The fluid-like movement of the air cells reduces this friction, which can cause skin breakdown. The cushion also helps to promote proper circulation, which is essential for skin health.


The air cells in the cushion provide a soft, supportive surface, which can help to reduce discomfort and pain, especially in the hips and tailbone. The air cells also conform to the shape of the patient’s body, providing tailored support and comfort for each individual.


Air cushions are much lighter than traditional wheelchair cushions, which is particularly beneficial for those who use manual wheelchairs. The lighter weight of the cushion makes it much easier to lift and reduces the overall weight of the chair, which can make it easier to maneuver and control.


Air cushions are available in a variety of styles and types, which makes them highly customizable to the user’s individual needs. For example, some cushions have adjustable air cells, which can be inflated or deflated to provide the perfect amount of support and comfort. Additionally, some air cushions come with a profile cushion, which provides additional support and comfort for those who require it.

ROHO® Cushions

As one of our best-selling air cell cushion brands, ROHO® Wheelchair Cushions feature patented Dry Floatation® interconnected air-cell technology that is clinically proven to help reduce and even help heal pressure injuries in wheelchair users. When properly sized, these air cell cushions are ideal for any patient, regardless of their weight.

ROHO cushions are available in a range of options, including the HIGH PROFILE® model for maximum protection, the ENHANCER® for improved positioning and balance support, or the MOSAIC® for low-risk skin protection. Many models include Single-Valve compartments to inflate the entire cushion or Dual-Valve compartments to permit air adjustments to either side of the cushion, allowing maximum customization, support, and comfort.

For wheelchair users, investing in an air cushion can make a significant difference in their overall comfort and quality of life. If you’re considering purchasing an air cushion for your wheelchair, be sure to do your research and choose one that is right for your individual needs. With the right cushion, you can sit comfortably and confidently, knowing that your skin is protected, and your body is properly supported.


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