The New Standard of Comfort in a folding manual wheelchair | Proven yet again!

STRONGBACK Mobility Wheelchair German Design Award Winner 2020

The New Standard of Comfort in a folding manual wheelchair

Proven yet again!

Gong Life Care Solutions is the Australian provider of the Strongback Mobility Wheelchair, the only ergonomic frame-integrated posture support wheelchair in Australia. 

And we are thrilled to inform our current customers (and people searching for an ultra-light folding wheelchair) that  our STRONGBACK24 model has done it AGAIN, winning a prestigious 2020 German Design Award in the Medical, Rehabilitation and Health Care category. Every year the German Design Council presents its internationally renowned awards for innovative products and projects that are breaking new ground in the world of design. The results of the competition were announced on 22nd November, and the award ceremony will take place on 7th February 2020, in Frankfurt.

 The Reasons Why We Love It

There are so many choices in manual transport chairs, and they all look much the same.

The reason we have brought our Strongback Wheelchair to the Australian market is because of its unique (patented) ergonomic design. The Strongback is the first standard off-the-shelf manual folding wheelchair to provide frame-integrated, effective posture support. We love the fact that its unique shape promotes healthy upright sitting and ensures comfort from the first moment.

We love that it is so easy to manage - it is very light, and easy to fold up.

We have two models, the Strongback24 self-propelling chair and the Strongback Excursion model. Both have the same innovative posture support design and other features, however the Strongback24 has the large 24inch wheels whilst the Excursion model has the smaller wheels of a transport chair.

The footrests can easily swing aside and  lock for when you want to place your feet on the ground, and the backrest folds down flat  to assist in folding, lifting, and storing the wheelchair  eg in the boot of your car.  The curved armrests not only look good, but allow you to get up close to a table. 

Why is correct posture important?

It’s important to remember that defining “correct posture” is dependent on the wheelchair user in question. For instance, people with certain health conditions and spinal disabilities often cannot sit with a conventional “correct” posture, and so must try to maintain the correct posture for their abilities and condition.

In general terms though, whether you are someone who walks unaided, walks with a stick or other aid, or uses a wheelchair, maximizing correct posture walking and sitting can make a huge difference to your health and how you feel. Maintaining a better posture reduces strain on the neck and shoulders, with a flow-on positive effect on your spine, and indeed the whole body, including your breathing and even digestion. 

We reminded people in an earlier post that our head weighs as much as a bowling ball (4-5 kgs), so even a slight forward tilt (eg reading on our phone screens, texting) for regular or extended periods, can impose large forces on the vertebrae and muscles. 

With improved healthier sitting posture, your head’s weight will be better positioned over your spine, and your upper body weight better distributed across your “sit bones”. There will be less pressure on the coccyx, and a reduced potential for pressure sores. Improved posture will reduce the discomfort that many wheelchair users feel on a regular basis, and reduce back pain.

For independent wheelchair users, improving your posture within your abilities will boost your mobility and reduce the amount of energy needed to propel the wheelchair. This will also reduce injuries to muscles and tendons.

To assist in maintaining optimum alignment of the spine, the Strongback wheelchair is designed with a curved back built into the actual frame. In addition,  the integrated backrest lumbar support has adjustable velcro flaps which allow the user to easily alter the location and firmness of their lumbar support.

Carers and attendants

The STRONGBACK has also been designed with carers and attendants in mind. The push handles are ergonomically designed, and are spaced wide apart to maximise control when pushing. The wheelchair folds up in a matter of seconds and requires minimal storage space. The backrest folds completely flat against the frame as do the footrests, which easily fold and lock to the side, no need to remove them. The Excursion attendant model weighs under 10kgs.

Earlier this year at the Independent Living Expo in Sydney, visitors to our stand could see the benefit of the design and the light frame and easy folding.  One person browsing for new ideas for a family member stated:

            “the design is really impressive! It would really increase the comfort and tolerance for my mum, even though she wouldn’t be sitting in it all the time”

and another said:

            “It’s much lighter than the chair we’ve got. It’s so easy to slip the big wheels off and lock the footrests for getting it into the car. I really have to watch my back”

Independent users

Independent wheelchair users can also enjoy the benefits of an ultralight folding chair, with our STRONGBACK24 manual self-propel wheelchair, which has 61cm/24” quick-release wheels.  As we said in our introduction, this model has just won the German Design Award in its category for 2020, having previously been a winner in 2018!  It weighs just 7.9kg with wheels and footrests removed – for example for putting into a vehicle -  however it has a user weight capacity of 135kg.  This means it suits a wide variety of users and can be easily lifted and placed in a car boot.

Buy online

Gong Life Care Solutions is an Australian family-owned and operated supplier of active mobility systems located in Wollongong, south of Sydney.  Our friendly team would be very happy to assist you with your enquiries. You can order directly online, or contact us for other options.  We deliver free, anywhere in Australia. 

We invite you to look at the models on our website:


Contact us on 1300 907 280, Tues to Fri, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm AEDT

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