ROWHEELS’ Revolutionary technology uses a unique rowing motion that:

Reduces/eliminates pains, aches and injuries to the shoulders

Shoulder injuries are common in up to 70% of wheelchair PUSHERS. Using ROWHEELS can help PROTECT new wheelchair users from developing these types of injuries and can mitigate or possibly reverse shoulder damage from years of PUSHING!

Builds upper body strength and keeps you mobile

ROWHEELING protects, stabilizes and strengthens the shoulders allowing for self-propulsion to be used as a form of physical exercise. It increasing cardio-pulmonary output which can result in long-term improvements in stamina, endurance and overall cardiovascular health.

Improves posture and breathing capacity

Using ROWHEELS retracts the scapulas, opening up the chest and stretching those muscle that tend to be tight from pushing. This leads to a more upright posture and decompresses the diaphragm, improving breathing.

Rowheeling vs. Pushing

Biomechanically, pushing is the worst possible method for propelling a wheelchair and up to 70% of long term wheelchair users will develop shoulder-related injuries/pain.. Countless studies have confirmed the damaging effects of pushing which is why the industry focus has been on reducing effort by reducing the overall weight of your chair. Rowheeling has been proven to reduce or eliminate all the damaging effects associated with pushing, regardless of the weight of your chair.

Pushing Shoulder Forces

PUSHING forces the upper-arm into the shoulder joint, compressing and damaging the rotator cuff tendon eventually leading to pain and injury in up to 70% of wheelchair PUSHERS.

Rowheeling Shoulder Forces

ROWHEELING pulls the upper-arm away from the shoulder joint (decompressing the shoulder), mitigating or eliminating the forces that damage the rotator cuff when PUSHING. This keeps your shoulders injury and pain-free.

Pushing Muscles

PUSHING relies mainly on two small muscles in the chest and shoulder for propulsion. Over time these muscles become overused and tighten, pulling the shoulder joint forward into an unstable position that is prone to damating the shoulder, leading to debilitating injuries and pain.

Rowheeling Muscles

ROWHEELING uses most of the back and shoulder muscles , efficiently distributing the work over larger and more capable muscles, minimizing overuse and strengthening your upper-body. ROWHEELING also uses the back muscles that retract the scapula, stabilizing the shoulder joint, improving posture and further reducing the risk of shoulder injuries.

Pushing Wrist Compression

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been found to occur in up to 63% of the manual wheelchair population and the highly compressive and repetitive forces associated with PUSHING play a major role in its development.

Rowheeling Wrist Decompression

ROWHEELING DE-compresses the wrist with its pulling motion. As a result, using  ROWHEELS  on a regular basis can help alleviate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome related pain and mitigate further development. 

What Experts are Saying About Rowheels

"Reverse manual WC propulsion significantly reduced posterior and superior shoulder joint forces and flexion, adduction and external rotation moments, as well shifted shoulder muscle activity from the smaller anterior to the larger poster shoulder muscles. These alterations in the shoulder biomechanics, particularly lower superior shoulder joint forces, likely reduce the risk of subacromial impingement and rotator cuff pathology for individuals with paraplegia. Thus, the changes in shoulder demands with reverse propulsion could reduce or prevent shoulder pain development, preserving or enhancing independent mobility, participation, and quality of life for persons with SCI."